demise

noun
de·mise | \di-ˈmīz \

Definition of demise 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1a : 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

verb
demised; demising

Definition of demise (Entry 2 of 2)

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

1 : die, decease

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

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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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Since the demise of the far-right British National Party five-odd years ago, and the implosion of the populist UK Independence Party after the Brexit referendum, voters to the right of the Tories have had no political home. The Economist, "Donald Trump lays into Britain’s Brexit plan," 13 July 2018 Not Unexpected Colonel Barleycorn, whose demise was celebrated in San Diego last night, was a pioneer citizen of the United States and the veteran of many wars. sandiegouniontribune.com, "July 1, 1919: Prohibition begins," 1 July 2018 The 18-story Beaux arts structure, which opened in 1913 and closed in 1988, is no longer a symbol of Detroit's demise but, rather, its resurrection. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, "Ford receiving calls to return stolen Detroit train station property," 27 June 2018 Nike's experiment comes amid a sporting-goods retail meltdown over past couple of years that saw the demise of several once high-flying chains, including Sports Authority, Golfsmith and Sports Chalet, as enthusiasts shifted to online shopping. David Pan, USA TODAY, "Can you 'crowdsource' a store? Nike is about to find out," 12 July 2018 Following the demise of Divvy in Oak Park, trustees instructed staff to look at possible bike-sharing alternatives for the village. Steve Schering, chicagotribune.com, "Oak Park sells former Divvy stations for $140K; forest preserves offering dockless bike sharing in River Forest," 10 July 2018 The events of the 2004 season would ultimately bring about the demise of the BCS. Andy Staples, SI.com, "The Chaos and Consequences of the BCS, 20 Years After Its Inaugural Season," 9 July 2018 Hasbro said its revenue plunged 16 percent in the first quarter, a far bigger decline than Wall Street expected, as toymakers continue to struggle following the demise of Toys R Us. Marley Jay, The Seattle Times, "US stocks are mixed and bond yields set four-year highs," 23 Apr. 2018 The new Wave — minus all of the aspects of the streetcar system that led to its recent demise — is under discussion with city, county, state and federal officials. Brittany Wallman, Sun-Sentinel.com, "With the Wave streetcar dead, how about one-way streets?," 6 July 2018

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First Known Use of demise

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Verb

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

History and Etymology for demise

Noun

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

Verb

see demise entry 1

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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demise

noun

English Language Learners Definition of demise

: an end of life

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

demise

noun
de·mise | \di-ˈmīz \

Kids Definition of demise

1 : death sense 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

de·mise | \di-ˈmīz \
demised; demising

Legal Definition of demise 

(Entry 1 of 2)

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

demise

noun

Legal Definition of demise (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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