Meaning- to kill large number of plants, animals, people etc. or to severely damage large part of something.
Mnemonic trick- The word decimate sounds similar to Hindi word desi maid. Desi maid decimated his all the family members for money. Therefore, decimate means to kill large number of plants, animals, people etc. or to severely damage large part of something.
Synonym- ANNIHILATE, DEMOLISH, DESTROY
Meaning explanation- Annihilate implies complete destruction of something and decimate means to kill large number of plants, animals, people or to severely damage large part of something. Demolish means to destroy (a building, bridge etc.) so that it cannot be repaired.
• If we do not get rain soon, it will decimate the farm crops in this area.
• Demonetization has decimated the small business in rural areas.
• The government’s budget cuts will decimate public services in many small towns.
• The invaders in eighteenth century decimated thousands of native people of our country.
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