demise

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noun

de·​mise di-ˈmīz How to pronounce demise (audio)
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a
: death
b
: a cessation of existence or activity
c
: a loss of position or status
2
: the conveyance of an estate
3
: transfer of the sovereignty to a successor

demise

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verb

demised; demising

transitive verb

1
: to convey by will or lease
demise an estate
2
: to transmit by succession or inheritance
3
obsolete : convey, give

intransitive verb

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2
: to pass by descent or bequest
the property has demised to the king's heirs

Examples of demise in a Sentence

Noun … invited visitors to play a game in which points are awarded to those who predict the demise of yet another overhyped dot-com. Jeff Goodell, Rolling Stone, 14 Sept. 2000
This elegant little book is essential reading for anyone interested in the demise, the terminal silliness, of our culture. John Irving, New York Times Book Review, 6 Apr. 1997
Like books, board games appear headed for imminent demise at the hands of cathode-ray terminals. Will Manley, Booklist, 1 Mar. 1995
She had no property at the time of her demise. The musician met an untimely demise. We have not had truly local news coverage since the town newspaper's demise three years ago. Losing this game will mean the team's demise. Verb our much beloved, recently demised leader
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
While Clark’s siblings were released into the wild, Clark hatched in 2003 with a deformity that probably would have led to his quick demise in nature. Sydney Page, Washington Post, 3 Apr. 2024 A number of other factors contributed to the Alexandria project’s demise, according to interviews with lawmakers and others close to the deal-making, who for months described the talks as chaotic, or worse. Sarah Rankin, Fortune, 2 Apr. 2024 See all Example Sentences for demise 

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Word History

Etymology

Noun and Verb

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

First Known Use

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of demise was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Demise.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/demise. Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

demise

noun
de·​mise
di-ˈmīz
1
2
: an ending of existence or activity
the demise of a newspaper

Legal Definition

demise

1 of 2 transitive verb
de·​mise di-ˈmīz How to pronounce demise (audio)
demised; demising
: to convey (possession of property) by will or lease
the demised premises

demise

2 of 2 noun
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

Etymology

Noun

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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