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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predecease noun

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Attilio was predeceased by his parents as well as a brother Salvatore Coco and sister Lucia Cianci. Hartford Courant,, "Attilio Coco," 6 July 2018 He was predeceased by his sister Betsy Appleman, brother Martin Appleman and sister-in-law Jerrie Hartman Appleman. Orlando Sentinel,, "Deaths in Central Florida: 4/1," 1 Apr. 2018 Philip was predeceased by his mother, father and stepfather. Hartford Courant,, "Philip F. Pallotti III," 14 July 2018 In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by a brother, Eugene Fern and a sister, Loretta Holdridge., "Deaths in South Florida: 7/1," 1 July 2018 She was predeceased by her brother Thomas Maclean, sister Helen Maclean, and sister-in-law Judith Maclean. Hartford Courant,, "Marjorie Grisky," 29 Apr. 2018 Dolores was predeceased by her husband Allerton in 2006. Orlando Sentinel,, "Deaths in Central Florida: 2/22," 22 Feb. 2018 She was married for 62 years to the late Melvin L. Berman who predeceased her April 20, 2017. Hartford Courant,, "Ethel Berman," 8 July 2018 John is survived by his wife Mary, daughters Tanya, Meagan, Michele, son Chris, while daughter Stacy predeceased him. Orlando Sentinel,, "Deaths in Central Florida: 5/12," 12 May 2018

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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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