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 Besides her beloved husband of 50 years, Maria was predeceased by her brothers Mario, Lorenzo and Gino DiBacco and her sister Erminia Cerasani., "Maria Liberata Iacobucci DiBacco," 30 July 2019 Maria was predeceased by her husband Edward and her son Peter., "Deaths in South Florida: 5/3," 3 May 2018 He was predeceased by his daughter, Lisa, his two sisters and his parents., "Deaths in Central Florida: 9/15," 15 Sep. 2019 She was predeceased by her beloved parents, Ralph and Jeanette Merritt, her brother Carl Merritt and her sister Beverly Merritt, her in-laws Henry and Blanche Winiarz and her sister-in-law Tina Wnek., "Deaths in South Florida: 9/7," 7 Sep. 2019 He was predeceased by his parents, Edith and David, both Holocaust survivors, and his brother, Jack. Thr Staff, The Hollywood Reporter, "Veteran PR Executive Arthur Sando Dies at 71," 6 Sep. 2019 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

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First Known Use of predecease

1594, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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The first known use of predecease was in 1594

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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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