Definition of decease in English:
noun[in singular] formal or Law
- About a month before her decease, the witness had a conversation with the deceased in his bedroom.
- After the artist's decease, his publisher Akiyama Buemon printed posthumous editions of Tsuki Hyakushi as album sets from the original blocks.
- In the side walls of the vaults are niches where skeleton monks sit or stand, clad in the brown habits that they wore in life, and labelled with their names and the dates of their decease.
verb[no object] archaic Back to top
- Dominic will live for another few years, but as soon as he deceases, his daughter will take his position.
- Family history reveals both parents deceased from a carcinoma of unknown type.
- He read out the names of the girls, and boys that deceased in the fire, but thankfully, Ciara knew none of them.
cede from early 16th century:
Cede is from French céder or Latin cedere ‘to yield, give way, go’. Cedere is a rich source of English words including abscess (mid 16th century) ‘going away’ (of the infection when it bursts); access [Middle English] ‘go to’; ancestor (Middle English) someone who went ante ‘before’; antecedent (Late Middle English) from the same base as ancestor; cease (Middle English); concede (Late Middle English) to give way completely; decease (Middle English) ‘go away’; exceed (Late Middle English) to go beyond a boundary; intercede (late 16th century) go between; predecessor (Late Middle English) one who went away before; proceed (Late Middle English) to go forward; recede (Late Middle English) ‘go back’; and succeed (Late Middle English) ‘come close after’.
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