de·​cease | \ di-ˈsēs How to pronounce decease (audio) \

Definition of decease

: departure from life : death

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Other Words from decease

decease intransitive verb

Examples of decease in a Sentence

He had many debts at the time of his decease. in the event of the decease of the president, the vice president will immediately assume his duties
Recent Examples on the Web The only county on the hospital admissions map that is not seeing a decease is Marion County, which is inconclusive. Shari Rudavsky, The Indianapolis Star, "Indiana coronavirus cases: 264 new cases, 24 additional deaths," 17 June 2020

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First Known Use of decease

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for decease

Middle English deces, from Anglo-French, from Latin decessus departure, death, from decedere to depart, die, from de- + cedere to go

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“Decease.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of decease

formal : the death of a person


de·​cease | \ di-ˈsēs How to pronounce decease (audio) \

Medical Definition of decease

: departure from life : death

Other Words from decease

decease intransitive verb deceased; deceasing

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