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demise

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verb de·mise \di-ˈmīz\

Definition of demise

demised

demising

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to convey (as an estate) by will or lease

  3. 2 obsolete :  convey, give

  4. 3 :  to transmit by succession or inheritance

  5. intransitive verb
  6. 1 :  die, decease

  7. 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

(see 2demise)


First Known Use: 15th century


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demise

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noun de·mise \di-ˈmīz\

Definition of demise

  1. 1 :  the conveyance of an estate

  2. 2 :  transfer of the sovereignty to a successor

  3. 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 Goodell, Rolling Stone, 14 Sept. 2000

  2. 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

  3. Like books, board games appear headed for imminent demise at the hands of cathode-ray terminals. —Will Manley, Booklist, 1 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.

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


First Known Use: 15th century


DEMISE Defined for English Language Learners


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noun de·mise \di-ˈmīz\

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. 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. 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

  1. :  to convey (possession of property) by will or lease <the demised premises>


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demise

noun de·mise

Legal Definition of demise

  1. 1 :  the conveyance of property by will or lease :  lease

  2. 2 :  the transmission of property by testate or intestate succession

  3. 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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