decease(redirected from deceasing)
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intr.v. de·ceased, de·ceas·ing, de·ceas·es
The act of dying; death.
a more formal word for death
(intr) a more formal word for die1
[C14 (n): from Old French deces, from Latin dēcēdere to depart]
n., v. -ceased, -ceas•ing. n.
1. the act of dying; death.v.i.
2. to depart from life; die.
[1300–50; Middle English deces < Old French < Latin dēcessus departure, death; derivative of dēeēdere, to go away]
Past participle: deceased
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|Noun||1.||decease - the event of dying or departure from life; "her death came as a terrible shock"; "upon your decease the capital will pass to your grandchildren"|
alteration, change, modification - an event that occurs when something passes from one state or phase to another; "the change was intended to increase sales"; "this storm is certainly a change for the worse"; "the neighborhood had undergone few modifications since his last visit years ago"
fatality, human death - a death resulting from an accident or a disaster; "a decrease in the number of automobile fatalities"
martyrdom - death that is imposed because of the person's adherence of a religious faith or cause
megadeath - the death of a million people; "they calibrate the effects of atom bombs in megadeaths"
exit, expiration, going, passing, departure, release, loss - euphemistic expressions for death; "thousands mourned his passing"
wrongful death - a death that results from a wrongful act or from negligence; a death that can serve as the basis for a civil action for damages on behalf of the dead person's family or heirs
|Verb||1.||decease - pass from physical life and lose all bodily attributes and functions necessary to sustain life; "She died from cancer"; "The children perished in the fire"; "The patient went peacefully"; "The old guy kicked the bucket at the age of 102"|
croak, die, drop dead, buy the farm, cash in one's chips, give-up the ghost, kick the bucket, pass away, perish, snuff it, pop off, expire, conk, exit, choke, go, pass
abort - cease development, die, and be aborted; "an aborting fetus"
change state, turn - undergo a transformation or a change of position or action; "We turned from Socialism to Capitalism"; "The people turned against the President when he stole the election"
asphyxiate, stifle, suffocate - be asphyxiated; die from lack of oxygen; "The child suffocated under the pillow"
drown - die from being submerged in water, getting water into the lungs, and asphyxiating; "The child drowned in the lake"
predecease - die before; die earlier than; "She predeceased her husband"
conk out, go bad, break down, die, fail, give out, give way, break, go - stop operating or functioning; "The engine finally went"; "The car died on the road"; "The bus we travelled in broke down on the way to town"; "The coffee maker broke"; "The engine failed on the way to town"; "her eyesight went after the accident"
starve, famish - die of food deprivation; "The political prisoners starved to death"; "Many famished in the countryside during the drought"
die - suffer or face the pain of death; "Martyrs may die every day for their faith"
fall - die, as in battle or in a hunt; "Many soldiers fell at Verdun"; "Several deer have fallen to the same gun"; "The shooting victim fell dead"
To cease living:
Informal: pop off.