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

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 Do it too slowly, and the zombie goods stack up as consumers cotton to its demise. Kyle Stock, chicagotribune.com, "Zombie cars offer sweet deals for consumers, headaches for automakers," 25 June 2018 Since broccoli is a winter vegetable, it's built to withstand colder temperatures, and warmer temperatures can lead to its untimely demise. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "Here's How to Store Pretty Much Any Kind of Produce," 25 June 2018 Do it too slowly, and the zombie goods stack up as consumers cotton to its demise. Kyle Stock, Bloomberg.com, "The Sedan is Dying, So It’s Time to Buy One," 25 June 2018 The Cardinals committed four errors in the fifth inning alone, contributing to their early demise. Jason Mcdaniel, Houston Chronicle, "Jenika Lombrana tosses no-hitter in Atascocita's Game 1 rout of Bellaire," 18 May 2018 Two wolves, half-siblings and father and daughter — an inbred, genetic tangle that probably should have contributed to their demise long ago. Keith Matheny, Detroit Free Press, "Isle Royale's 2 remaining wolves still alive, spotted this winter," 17 May 2018 The defense didn’t improve as the season went along, Clifford said, which was this most recent team’s demise. Rick Bonnell, charlotteobserver, "Blow up Charlotte Hornets? Ex-coach Steve Clifford has no vote, but he does have a view | Charlotte Observer," 25 Apr. 2018 As reported by The Sun, TV crews have been granted access for a behind-the-scenes docu-series throughout this campaign, with the headline act being Sunderland's woeful demise. SI.com, "Strangest Things: Netflix to Air Sunderland's Relegation Campaign in Summer Docu-Series," 13 Apr. 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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