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decease

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Pronunciation: /dɪˈsiːs
 
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Definition of decease in English:

noun

[in singular] formal or Law
A person’s death: he held the post until his untimely decease in 1991
More example sentences
  • The only clue she could point to was an inscription in pencil on the inside of one of the drawers: ‘This is promised to Daisy Fry on the decease of her Aunt Lill’.

verb

[no object] archaic Back to top  
Die: he deceased at his palace of Croydon
More example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

Middle English: from Old French deces, from Latin decessus 'death', past participle (used as a noun) of decedere 'to die'.

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  • 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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