Demise Definition

dĭ-mīz
demised, demises, demising
noun
demises
The end of existence or activity; termination.
The demise of the streetcar.
American Heritage
A transfer of an estate by lease, esp. for a fixed period.
Webster's New World
A ceasing to exist; death.
Webster's New World
The transfer of sovereignty by death or abdication.
Webster's New World
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.
Webster's New World Law
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verb
demised, demises, demising
To grant or transfer (an estate) by lease, esp. for a fixed period.
Webster's New World
To transfer (sovereignty) by death or abdication.
Webster's New World
To be transferred by will or descent.
The land demised to a charitable institution.
American Heritage
To die.
American Heritage
(law) To transmit by inheritance.
Wiktionary
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Other Word Forms of Demise

Noun

Singular:
demise
Plural:
demises

Origin of Demise

  • 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

  • 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

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