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demise

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verb de·mise \ di-ˈmīz \

Definition of demise

demised; demising
transitive verb
1 :to convey by will or lease
  • demise an estate
2 obsolete :convey, give
3 :to transmit by succession or inheritance
intransitive verb
1 :die, decease
2 :to pass by descent or bequest
  • the property has demised to the king's heirs

Examples of demise in a Sentence

  1. our much beloved, recently demised leader

Origin and Etymology of demise

demise Synonyms

Synonyms
check out, conk (out), croak [slang], decease, die, depart, drop, end, exit, expire, fall, flatline, go, kick in [slang], kick off [slang], pass (on), pass away, part, peg out [chiefly British], perish, pop off, step out, succumb
Antonyms
breathe, live
Related Words
predecease; consume, disappear, dry up, fade, fail
Near Antonyms
come to, revive; linger; be, exist, subsist; flourish, prosper, thrive

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demise

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noun de·mise \ di-ˈmīz \

Definition of demise

1 :the conveyance of an estate
2 :transfer of the sovereignty to a successor
3 a :death
b :a cessation of existence or activity
c :a loss of position or status

Examples of demise in a Sentence

  1. … invited visitors to play a game in which points are awarded to those who predict the demise of yet another overhyped dot-com. —Jeff GoodellRolling Stone14 Sept. 2000
  2. This elegant little book is essential reading for anyone interested in the demise, the terminal silliness, of our culture. —John IrvingNew York Times Book Review6 Apr. 1997
  3. Like books, board games appear headed for imminent demise at the hands of cathode-ray terminals. —Will ManleyBooklist1 Mar. 1995
  4. She had no property at the time of her demise.

  5. The musician met an untimely demise.

  6. We have not had truly local news coverage since the town newspaper's demise three years ago.

  7. Losing this game will mean the team's demise.

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Origin and Etymology of demise

Middle English dimise, from Anglo-French demise, feminine of demis, past participle of demettre to dismiss, from Latin demittere to send down, from de- + mittere to send


DEMISE Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of demise for English Language Learners

  • : an end of life

  • : the end of something that is thought of as being like a death


DEMISE Defined for Kids

demise

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noun de·mise \ di-ˈmīz \

Definition of demise for Students

1 :death 1
  • And often the court waited until the demise of two or three potters before searching out their replacements.
  • —Linda Sue Park, A Single Shard
2 :an ending of existence or activity
  • the demise of a newspaper

Law Dictionary

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demise

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transitive verb de·mise \ di-ˈmīz \

legal Definition of demise

demised; demising
:to convey (possession of property) by will or lease
  • the demised premises

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demise

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legal Definition of demise

1 :the conveyance of property by will or lease :lease
2 :the transmission of property by testate or intestate succession
3 :charter of a boat in which the owner surrenders completely the possession, command, and navigation of the boat called also bareboat charter

Origin and Etymology of demise

Anglo-French, from feminine past participle of demettre to convey by lease, from Old French, to put down, give up, renounce, from Latin demittere to let fall and dimittere to release



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