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

Examples of predecease in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web His parents, two sisters, two brothers and a great-granddaughter predeceased him. Carol Kovach, cleveland, "Project Pedal benefit is revamped due to coronavirus pandemic: West Shore Chatter," 25 May 2020 Inspired by her mother, Gladys, who predeceased her and was the pianist for the American Ballet Theatre, Maria loved music and was a big supporter of ballet. CBS News, "Remembering Maria Mercader, CBS News journalist for three decades," 29 Mar. 2020 Her husband of 55 years, Daniel Neal Heller, predeceased her., "Deaths in South Florida: 11/19," 19 Nov. 2019 Along with her husband and parents, Judy was predeceased by her former, Jim Corbett., "Judith L. Corbett-Goodstein," 14 Nov. 2019 He was predeceased by his sister Mina Wirtshafter, of Cleveland. Steven Litt, cleveland, "Cleveland architect Jack Bialosky, Sr., a designer of elegant modern houses that reshaped suburbs, has died at age 94," 17 Apr. 2020 He is predeceased by his first wife, Mary Kay Davis. Meredith Spelbring, Detroit Free Press, "Local automobile and Detroit historian dies from coronavirus," 13 Apr. 2020 She was predeceased by husbands Mel Arrighi (they were married from 1966-86) and Tom Palumbo (2002-08). Scott Feinberg, The Hollywood Reporter, "Patricia Bosworth, Hollywood Actress-Turned-Chronicler, Dies From Coronavirus Complications at 86," 3 Apr. 2020 If Emily predeceases you, then her share of the house goes to her children in equal shares. Dallas News, "Coronavirus estate planning: Crisis planning at its finest," 16 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of predecease

1594, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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“Predecease.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Oct. 2020.

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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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