Definition for DEC'IM-ATE

DEC'IM-ATE, v.t. [L. decimo, from decem, ten.]

  1. To tithe; to take the tenth part.
  2. To select by lot and punish with death every tenth man; a practice in armies, for punishing mutinous or unfaithful troops.
  3. To take every tenth. – Mitford.

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