noun Etymology: Middle English deces, from Anglo-French, from Latin decessus departure, death, from decedere to depart, die, from de- + cedere to go Date: 14th century departure from life ; deathdecease intransitive verb

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  • Decease — De*cease , n. [OE. deses, deces, F. d[ e]c[ e]s, fr. L. decessus departure, death, fr. decedere to depart, die; de + cedere to withdraw. See {Cease}, {Cede}.] Departure, especially departure from this life; death. [1913 Webster] His decease,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • decease — I verb cease existing, cease living, cease to be, cease to exist, cease to live, come to an end, demise, depart, depart from life, die, end one s life, expire, lose life, meet death, pass away, pass on, perish, succumb associated concepts:… …   Law dictionary

  • decease — death, early 14c., from O.Fr. deces (12c., Mod.Fr. décès) decease, death, from L. decessus death (euphemism for mors), also a retirement, a departure, from decess , pp. stem of decedere die, depart, withdraw, lit. to go down, from de away (see D …   Etymology dictionary

  • decease — [n] death buying the farm*, curtains*, defunction, demise, departure, dissolution, dying, grim reaper*, passing, passing away, passing over, quietus, release, silence, sleep, taps*, the end; concept 304 Ant. birth decease [v] pass away; expire… …   New thesaurus

  • Decease — De*cease , v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Deceased}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Deceasing}.] To depart from this life; to die; to pass away. [1913 Webster] She s dead, deceased, she s dead. Shak. [1913 Webster] When our summers have deceased. Tennyson. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • decease — *death, demise, passing …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • decease — ► NOUN formal or Law ▪ death. ► VERB archaic ▪ die. ORIGIN Latin decessus death , from decedere to die …   English terms dictionary

  • decease — [dē sēs′, disēs′] n. [ME & OFr deces < L decessus, lit., departure, pp. of decedere, to depart, go away < de , from + cedere, to go: see CEDE] death vi. deceased, deceasing to die SYN. DIE1 …   English World dictionary

  • decease — de·cease di sēs n departure from life: DEATH decease vi, de·ceased; de·ceas·ing …   Medical dictionary

  • decease — de|cease [dıˈsi:s] n [U] law death ▪ On your decease, the house passes to your wife …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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