Definition of decease in English:


Line breaks: de|cease
Pronunciation: /dɪˈsiːs


[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’.


[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.


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

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