pre·de·cease | \ˌprē-di-ˈsēs \
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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He was predeceased by his parents Stefano and Rose (Strada) Remigino and brother Rudolph., "Lindy John Remigino," 14 July 2018 He was predeceased by the love of his life and best friend, Anita (Slipakoff), his loving wife of 63 marvelous years., "Deaths in South Florida: 7/13," 13 July 2018 He was predeceased by his Grandfathers John W. Casey and William J. O’Donnell., "Deaths in Central Florida: 7/13," 13 July 2018 Besides her parents and husband, she was predeceased by a loving son M. Joseph Kelly Jr, and her siblings, Harold, Michael, Daniel, & James Civiello. Hartford Courant,, "Ann Kelly," 14 July 2018 Janice was predeceased by her husband, pediatrician Dr. Joseph Caplan of Woodmere, New York and Plantation, Florida., "Deaths in South Florida: 7/14," 14 July 2018 She is predeceased by husband Mackie V. Stewart and sister Sandra Hall. Hartford Courant,, "Nona H. Stewart," 14 July 2018 He is predeceased by his mother Celia and father Hyman Lichtenstein, his sister Jean Bradley and the love of his life for 62 yrs, Sondra Lichtenstein. Orlando Sentinel,, "Deaths in Central Florida: 6/23," 23 June 2018 He is predeceased by his parents, Ellwood and Adele, his brothers Eugene and Kevin, and his nephew, Jason., "Deaths in South Florida: 6/19," 19 June 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

: to die before (someone)


transitive verb
pre·de·cease | \ˌprē-di-ˈsēs \
predeceased; predeceasing

Legal Definition of predecease 

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

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