de·​mise | \ di-ˈmīz How to pronounce demise (audio) \

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


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

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

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Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Noun

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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 49ers’ trickery began the Bengals’ demise Goodwin scored the first of his team’s five touchdowns in a 41-17 rout of the Cincinnati Bengals. Cam Inman, The Mercury News, "49ers key play: Goodwin scores TD, Garoppolo avoids blooper reel," 15 Sep. 2019 Has enough time passed since the Soviet Union’s demise for its mistakes to be repeated? Leonid Bershidsky, Twin Cities, "Leonid Bershidsky: Berlin’s rent cap is a case of communist amnesia," 13 Sep. 2019 The scrap yard’s impending demise means another polluting industry is leaving wealthy, largely white Lincoln Park. Michael Hawthorne,, "Reversing one of Emanuel’s last decisions, Lightfoot ensures clout-heavy scrap shredder leaves North Side by 2020," 12 Sep. 2019 The saga of the continent’s demise is part of a new report that re-creates the last 240 million years of the Mediterranean’s tectonic history in unprecedented detail. Robin George Andrews, National Geographic, "Lost continent revealed in new reconstruction of geologic history," 11 Sep. 2019 The findings suggest a statistical correlation between wealth and a longer life, but doesn't conclusively prove that having less money means an earlier demise. Kate Gibson, CBS News, "Rich Americans more likely to live longer than those lower down the ladder," 9 Sep. 2019 Sanchez Flores also had great difficulty in managing the dressing room, and there were inevitable grumblings about a lack of first-team football which contributed to the Spaniard's demise., "Why Quique Sanchez Flores & Watford May Live to Regret Their Rekindled Relationship," 7 Sep. 2019 When Henry Ruggs III caught a lateral from Tua Tagovailoa and jetted 75 yards for a touchdown on the opening play of the game, confirmation of the Aggies’ demise had been received and the seeds of a 62-10 annihilation sown. Rainer Sabin |, al, "What did Alabama get out of playing New Mexico State?," 7 Sep. 2019 Since Google Fiber's February announcement, Fischer's team has sought to couch the demise as a positive in pushing other internet service providers to offer faster options. Darcy Costello, The Courier-Journal, "Repairs underway on roads left damaged after Google Fiber's exit from Louisville," 28 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of demise


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2


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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English Language Learners Definition of demise

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


de·​mise | \ di-ˈmīz How to pronounce demise (audio) \

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 How to pronounce demise (audio) \
demised; demising

Legal Definition of demise

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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



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


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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