noun[in singular] • formal or Law
- A person’s death: he held the post until his untimely decease in 1991More 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 CroydonMore 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.
Middle English: from Old French deces, from Latin decessus 'death', past participle (used as a noun) of decedere 'to die'.