Definition of demise in English:


Line breaks: de¦mise
Pronunciation: /dɪˈmʌɪz


[in singular]
  • 2 [mass noun] Law Conveyance or transfer of property or a title by will or lease.
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    • First, where a landlord let premises by demise to a tenant, he was regarded as parting with all control over them.
    • Sandy Lane was not included in the demise but the lease included a grant of a right of way over it for all purposes.
    • From about April 1990 the issue whether the Yellow land was to be included in any demise dominated the exchanges between the parties.


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  • 1Convey or grant (an estate) by will or lease: the manor and the mill were demised for twenty-one-year terms (as adjective demised) the demised property
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    • The document itself is at page 1126 in volume 5, and it looks like a common or garden lease demising an interest in land, conferring exclusive possession, for the special purpose of cultivation and grazing.
    • The whole of the premises demised by the Lease is used for the purpose of a business carried on by the Applicant.
    • The lease of Flat 3 was the only lease which included a box room in the premises demised.
  • 1.1Transmit (a sovereign’s title) by death or abdication.
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    • Because the Confessor and his subjects distrusted Harold Godwinson, the king demised the crown in his will to the Duke of Normandy and his heirs, who were, after all, his blood relatives.
    • On this day 50 years ago the death of King George VI, aged 56, demised the crown to his elder daughter and heir presumptive, aged 25, who took the title Queen Elizabeth II.


late Middle English (as a legal term): from Anglo-Norman French, past participle (used as a noun) of Old French desmettre 'dismiss', (in reflexive) 'abdicate', based on Latin dimittere (see dismiss).

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