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behead Syllabification: be·head
Pronunciation: /bəˈhed/

Definition of behead in English:


Cut off the head of (someone), typically as a form of execution: the king was beheaded
More example sentences
  • People were beheaded and killed during the last five weeks of the war.
  • They hold hands as the line in front of them thins, as the prisoners are beheaded one by one.
  • In several of these areas, insurgents have killed election officials and threatened to behead anyone who votes.
decapitate, cut/chop/lop someone's head off, guillotine


Old English behēafdian; from be- 'off' (expressing removal) + hēafod (see head).

Words that rhyme with behead

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