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verb [transitive] decimate pronunciation in British English /ˈdesɪmeɪt/
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present tense
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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 decimate pronunciation in British English /ˌdesɪˈmeɪʃ(ə)n/ noun [uncountable]


a fashion trend in which people intentionally wear ordinary, inexpensive, widely-available clothing

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a flower or small bunch of flowers worn on the lapel of a jacket on special occasions

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