Definition of decease in English:



  • [in singular] A person's death.

    ‘he held the post until his untimely decease in 1991’
    • ‘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’.’
    demise, dying, end, passing, passing away, passing on, loss of life, expiry, expiration, departure from life, final exit, eternal rest
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[NO OBJECT]archaic
  • Die.

    ‘he deceased at his palace of Croydon’
    • ‘Mr. Henry Dashwood had one son by his first marriage .The son's mother had deceased.’
    • ‘Dominic will live for another few years, but as soon as he deceases, his daughter will take his position.’
    • ‘He read out the names of the girls, and boys that deceased in the fire, but thankfully, Ciara knew none of them.’
    • ‘Bianca and Aaron were a pair alone in the world since their entire family had deceased.’
    • ‘Family history reveals both parents deceased from a carcinoma of unknown type.’
    pass away, pass on, lose one's life, depart this life, expire, breathe one's last, draw one's last breath, meet one's end, meet one's death, lay down one's life, be no more, perish, be lost, go the way of the flesh, go the way of all flesh, go to glory, go to one's last resting place, go to meet one's maker, cross the great divide, cross the styx
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Middle English: from Old French deces, from Latin decessus death, past participle (used as a noun) of decedere to die.