Demise meaning

dĭ-mīz
Demise is defined as the act of dying or the end of something.

An example of demise is a raccoon being run over by a car.

An example of demise is the collapse of a civilization.

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The transfer of a ruler's authority by death or abdication.
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To transfer (an estate) by will or lease.
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A ceasing to exist; death.
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Transfer of an estate by lease or will.
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To transfer (sovereignty) by abdication or will.
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To be transferred by will or descent.

The land demised to a charitable institution.

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To die.
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A transfer of an estate by lease, esp. for a fixed period.
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The transfer of sovereignty by death or abdication.
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To grant or transfer (an estate) by lease, esp. for a fixed period.
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To transfer (sovereignty) by death or abdication.
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The conveyance of an interest in real property for a specified time period by will or lease; the death of a person or cessation of a corporate entity.
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(law) The conveyance or transfer of an estate, either in fee for life or for years, most commonly the latter.
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Transmission by formal act or conveyance to an heir or successor; transference; especially, the transfer or transmission of the crown or royal authority to a successor.
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End (less common, usually in a negative manner)

The lack of funding ultimately led to the demise of the project.

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(law) To convey, as by will or lease.
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(law) To transmit by inheritance.
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(intransitive, law) To pass by inheritance.
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(intransitive) To die.
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Origin of demise

  • Middle English transfer of property from Old French dimis past participle of demettre to release demit

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin demissa, feminine singular of perfect passive participle of dēmittō, apparently via Middle French démise, the feminine singular past participle of démettre.

    From Wiktionary