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verb [transitive] decimate pronunciation in American English /ˈdesɪˌmeɪt/ 
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present tense
I/you/we/theydecimate
he/she/itdecimates
present participledecimating
past tensedecimated
past participledecimated
  1. to spoil or destroy something, for example by getting rid of a lot of people

    The department has been decimated by years of budget cuts.

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decimation

 decimate pronunciation in American English /ˌdesɪˈmeɪʃ(ə)n/  noun [uncountable]

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