Definition of predecease
: to die before (another person)
: to die first
Recent Examples of predecease from the Web
She was predeceased by her husband of 53 years; a daughter, Jeanette Shell; and her sons, Wilbur and John.
He was predeceased by a son, Bruce Allen, and a daughter, Lavern Allen.
He was predeceased by his daughter, Jill Klein Rodgers.
Although this is a poignant epithet, particularly because the men fought for years and only reconciled in old age, Jefferson had, in fact, predeceased him by five full hours.
Taft was predeceased by her husband, who died in 2013 at age 90.
She was predeceased by daughter Lenora Mary Paschal Johnson.
He was predeceased by his first wife, the former Connie Jewell.
She is predeceased by her husband and a son, Murdoch.
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PREDECEASE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of predecease for English Language Learners
: to die before (someone)
Legal Definition of predecease
: to die before (another person) when the child predeceases the parent
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