English Dictionary

Pioneers in dictionary publishing since 1819

decapitate (dɪˈkæpɪˌteɪt Pronunciation for decapitate

Definitions

verb

  1. (transitive) to behead

Derived Forms

deˌcapiˈtation noun
deˈcapiˌtator noun

Word Origin

C17: from Late Latin dēcapitāre, from Latin de- + caput head

Synonyms

View thesaurus entry
= behead, execute, guillotine, cut off the head of

Translations for 'decapitate'

  • British English: decapitate If someone is decapitated, their head is cut off. VERBA worker was decapitated when a lift plummeted down the shaft on top of him.
  • Brazilian Portuguese: decapitar
  • Chinese: 斩首斩斬首
  • European Spanish: decapitar
  • French: décapiter
  • German: enthaupten
  • Italian: decapitare
  • Japanese: 首を切る
  • Korean: 참수되다
  • Portuguese: decapitar
  • Spanish: decapitar

Comments

Log in to comment on this word.