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behead Line breaks: be¦head
Pronunciation: /bɪˈhɛd/

Definition of behead in English:

verb

Cut off the head of (someone), especially as a form of execution: Mary was beheaded at Fotheringhay
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.
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Origin

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

Words that rhyme with behead

abed, ahead, bed, Birkenhead, bled, bread, bred, coed, cred, crossbred, dead, dread, Ed, embed, Enzed, fed, fled, Fred, gainsaid, head, infrared, ked, lead, led, Med, misled, misread, Ned, outspread, premed, pure-bred, read, red, redd, said, samoyed, shed, shred, sked, sled, sped, Spithead, spread, stead, ted, thread, tread, underbred, underfed, wed

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