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 He was predeceased by three daughters, Gelora Watkins, Valerie Brown and Melinda Livingston. Frederick N. Rasmussen,, "James E. Watkins, dairy worker and deacon, dies," 11 Nov. 2019 According to his children, he was predeceased by their mother, who had passed six months prior. Akira Kyles,, "Sykesville officials memorialize longtime town engineer with bench, Town House recognition," 2 Nov. 2019 After he was killed in 1993, anti-narcotics agents moved the camels and zebras to other zoos (the giraffes predeceased him). The Economist, "How to handle Colombia’s narco-hippos," 24 Oct. 2019 She was predeceased by her loving husband, Carl E. Stephens, Sr., "Deaths in Central Florida: 10/6," 6 Oct. 2019 He was predeceased by his wife of 46 years, Patty (Ward) Ralston; a son, Larry; a daughter, Sherry (Ralston) Brown, the twin sister of Terry; and Virginia Fanelli, his life’s partner following the passing of his wife Patty. Matt Schwab, The Mercury News, "Legendary and beloved Bay Area former coach John Ralston dies," 15 Sep. 2019 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

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First Known Use of predecease

1594, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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17 Nov 2019

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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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to engage in dissolute behavior

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