pre·​de·​cease | \ ˌprē-di-ˈsēs How to pronounce predecease (audio) \
predeceased; predeceasing

Definition of predecease

transitive verb

: to die before (another person)

intransitive verb

: to die first

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Other Words from predecease

predecease noun

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She was predeceased by 5 brothers Donald, Harold, Jr., John, Edwin and Richard Bruce., "Marian B. Cebula," 4 Sep. 2019 He was predeceased by son Kenneth Wayne Durham Jr and his sister Faye Greeson., "Deaths in South Florida: 8/30," 30 Aug. 2019 He was predeceased by his monkey, who died in 1976 at the National Zoo. John Kelly, Washington Post, "Monkey Man: In D.C., he begged on the streets. In Florida, he lived like a king.," 24 Aug. 2019 Elaine's final resting place will be next to her beloved father Harry and with her daughter Judith, who predeceased her in infancy., "Elaine R. Hinze," 11 Aug. 2019 She was predeceased by her son Clifford F. Taylor (Ann Arbor, MI)., "Deaths in Central Florida: 8/11," 11 Aug. 2019 Her siblings, Ruth and Herbert are both deceased, Her husbands, who each predeceased her, were William Furst, Franklyn Weiss, and Sol Goldes., "Deaths in South Florida: 7/9," 9 July 2018 Ana is now reunited with her beloved boxer, Shilo who predeceased her earlier this year, her mother and father in-law, Norman and Claudette Simoneau and her sister-in-law, Janine Simoneau., "Ana E. Simoneau," 8 Aug. 2019 She is predeceased by her four brothers Norman, Donald, Ralph and Bernard Gervais and two sisters, Anita Murray and Claudette Faucher., "Joyce Gervais Stanton," 25 July 2019

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First Known Use of predecease

1594, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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English Language Learners Definition of predecease

formal : to die before (someone)


transitive verb
pre·​de·​cease | \ ˌprē-di-ˈsēs How to pronounce predecease (audio) \
predeceased; predeceasing

Legal Definition of predecease

: to die before (another person) when the child predeceases the parent

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