Meaning of “decapitate” in the English Dictionary

"decapitate" in English

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decapitateverb [ T ]

uk /dɪˈkæp.ɪ.teɪt/ us /dɪˈkæp.ə.teɪt/
noun [ U or C ] uk /dɪˌkæp.ɪˈteɪ.ʃən/ us /dɪˌkæp.əˈteɪ.ʃən/

Examples from literature

  • He went, and finding the gates of hell open, dragged the queen by her hair from the throne, and was about to decapitate her, but she mollified him by her prayers and saved her life by becoming his wife. 
  • I repeated the blow until he seemed to be deprived of sensation, when I drew my hunting knife and decapitated him. 
  • The Spaniards discovered the recently decapitated head of a young man still wet with blood. 
  • They came across a number of snakes, and decapitated the reptiles with their hoes, and afterwards hung them all up—tied together by the tail—to a bough. 
  • Walls and faded wall-paintings, limbs of decapitated goddesses gleaming white through the grass and rioting weeds, tottering columns, arches, and vaults, and deserted galleries receding in endless perspective, leaped out lifelike on a background of night and storm. 

(Definition of “decapitate” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"decapitate" in American English

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decapitateverb [ T ]

us /dɪˈkæp·ɪˌteɪt/

to cut off the head of a person or animal

(Definition of “decapitate” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)