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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Synonyms & Antonyms for demise

Synonyms: Noun

curtains, death, decease, dissolution, doom, end, exit, expiration, expiry, fate, grave, great divide, passage, passing, quietus, sleep

Synonyms: Verb

check out, conk (out), croak [slang], decease, depart, die, drop, end, exit, expire, fall, flatline, go, kick in [slang], kick off [slang], part, pass (on), pass away, peg out [chiefly British], perish, pop off, step out, succumb

Antonyms: Noun

birth, nativity

Antonyms: Verb

breathe, live

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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

And while the sheer mystery of it all is undoubtedly scary in its own right, plenty of viewers were hoping for a taste of what the many characters laid eyes on seconds before their demise. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Netflix's "Bird Box" Sculptor Reveals a Design for the Film's Unseen Monsters," 6 Jan. 2019 But by the time the route’s celebrity was cemented in the American conscience, its demise was well underway. Ashlea Halpern, Condé Nast Traveler, "Long Live Route 66," 19 July 2018 And after all the mice in both groups had died, Kirkland’s team could find no difference in the mix of diseases that had caused their demise. Melissa Healy, latimes.com, "This drug cocktail reduced signs of age-related diseases and extended life in mice and human cells," 10 July 2018 In November, Farhad Manjoo argued in his New York Times column that the internet had already been dying a slow death and that the repeal of net neutrality rules would only hasten its demise. Keith Collins, BostonGlobe.com, "The repeal of net neutrality is official. Here’s how that could affect you," 11 June 2018 In the 21st century, the podcast Fatal Voyage digs into Wood's mysterious demise. 1987 Pathologist Dr. Lee Lehman discovered cyanide in the corpse of John Powell while conducting an autopsy at Drake Memorial Hospital. Maude Campbell, Popular Mechanics, "The Complete History of the Autopsy," 26 Dec. 2018 Now, with the announcement that Amazon.com Inc. is planning to locate one of its two new headquarters in the neighborhood, many see it as a possible sign of Long Island City’s final artistic demise. Charles Passy, WSJ, "Amazon’s Arrival Leaves Long Island City’s Cultural Future in Question," 19 Nov. 2018 Shubert and Agent Barratt’s swift evaluation, their appropriate application of CPR and the immediate use of defibrillation, the victim may have met her ultimate demise …. Peter Marteka, Courant Community, "Glastonbury Police Recognized For Excellence, Heroism On The Job," 30 May 2018 Worse still, with the demise of Windows phones, users were left with just one viewing method, to connect a PC to a TV to watch them. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Microsoft's decision to rejoin Movies Anywhere is a single step toward regaining consumer trust," 7 Aug. 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 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

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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

History and Etymology for demise

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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