greatly reduced in number or amount, or having suffered great loss or harm:The nonprofit agency has been struggling with a decimated staff and limited resources.After the massive earthquake, the only way to reach the decimated villages was by helicopter.
the simple past tense and past participle of decimate.
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How to use decimated in a sentence
“Afterland,” by Lauren BeukesAfter a pandemic nearly decimates the world’s male population, a mother and son go on the run in a hot-wired car, fleeing a government that wants to imprison them and a relative set on exploiting them.
While the coronavirus has decimated the aviation industry, it may also serve to drown out media scrutiny of the Max’s return, said Spud Hilton, a former travel editor at the San Francisco Chronicle.The Boeing 737 Max faces an even tougher hurdle now: passenger fear | kdunn6 | November 19, 2020 | Fortune
That business ground to a halt in the second quarter, as the pandemic decimated its biggest clients, travel and tourism companies.Shares in Google’s parent soar 6% on ad sales rebound | Verne Kopytoff | October 29, 2020 | Fortune
In its most recent quarter, despite a pandemic that decimated most clothing sales, revenue rose 2% year-over-year as consumers have continued to snap up its pricey wares.Lululemon announces expanded size range and sustainable fabrics in new good citizenship push | Phil Wahba | October 28, 2020 | Fortune
The travel industry has been decimated by the pandemic, as governments worldwide implement strict lockdown measures to prevent contagion.An all-you-can-fly pass? One airline says the model meets the demands of COVID-era travel | eamonbarrett | October 27, 2020 | Fortune
That so-called war to end wars decimated an entire generation in Britain, as it did from France to the Ottoman Empire.Blood and War: The Hard Truth About ‘Boots on the Ground’ | Clive Irving | September 22, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Bentivolio noted that “at the end, [the British] did make it but they were decimated.”
Hell, it worked for Tokyo in the 20th—after that city was decimated by Allied bombers, it was basically one big slum.
The earth has been decimated by climate change, stranding what remains of humanity on a train.
“I am a little surprised they did not think the networks were decimated in 2012,” he said.How Obama Convinced His Spies to Support the Taliban Prisoner Release | Eli Lake | June 3, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Rinderpest, or some other incomprehensible disease, affected and decimated the imported herds.The Philippine Islands | John Foreman
The small number of them that will arrive before the Holy City will be still further decimated by the Saracens.The Pilgrim's Shell or Fergan the Quarryman | Eugne Sue
Ahead, Menotah tripped gaily, full as ever of life and happiness, though she had that night seen her tribe more than decimated.Menotah | Ernest G. Henham
The patricians were willing to cede nothing to the Gracchi, and they were decimated by Marius.The Two Great Republics: Rome and the United States | James Hamilton Lewis
They were 'ravaged by disease, and literally decimated year by year in the process of acclimatization.'