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b. The end of existence or activity; termination: the demise of the streetcar.
2. Law Transfer of an estate by lease or will.
3. The transfer of a ruler's authority by death or abdication.
v. de·mised, de·mis·ing, de·mis·es
1. Law To transfer (an estate) by will or lease.
2. To transfer (sovereignty) by abdication or will.
1. Law To be transferred by will or descent: The land demised to a charitable institution.
2. To die.
[Middle English, transfer of property, from Old French dimis, past participle of demettre, to release; see demit.]
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1. failure or termination: the demise of one's hopes.
2. a euphemistic or formal word for death
3. (Law) property law
a. a transfer of an estate by lease
b. the passing or transfer of an estate on the death of the owner
4. (Law) the immediate transfer of sovereignty to a successor upon the death, abdication, etc, of a ruler (esp in the phrase demise of the crown)
5. (Law) to transfer or be transferred by inheritance, will, or succession
6. (Law) (tr) property law to transfer (an estate, etc) for a limited period; lease
7. (Law) (tr) to transfer (sovereignty, a title, etc) by or as if by the death, deposition, etc, of a ruler
[C16: from Old French, feminine of demis dismissed, from demettre to send away, from Latin dīmittere; see dismiss]
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n., v. -mised, -mis•ing. n.
1. death or decease.
2. termination of existence or operation.
a. a death or decease occasioning the transfer of an estate.
b. a conveyance or transfer of an estate.
4. the transfer of sovereignty, as by the death or abdication of the sovereign.v.t.
5. to transfer (an estate or the like) by bequest or lease.
6. to transfer (sovereignty), as by death or abdication.v.i.
7. to pass by bequest or inheritance.
[1400–50; late Middle English dimis(s)e, demise < Old French demis (past participle of desmetre) < Latin dīmissum (past participle of dīmittere); see demit, dismiss]
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Past participle: demised
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|Noun||1.||demise - the time when something ends; "it was the death of all his plans"; "a dying of old hopes"|
lifespan, lifetime, life-time, life - the period during which something is functional (as between birth and death); "the battery had a short life"; "he lived a long and happy life"
grave - death of a person; "he went to his grave without forgiving me"; "from cradle to grave"
|Verb||1.||demise - transfer by a lease or by a will|
transfer - cause to change ownership; "I transferred my stock holdings to my children"
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1. failure, end, fall, defeat, collapse, ruin, foundering, breakdown, overthrow, downfall, disintegration, dissolution, termination the demise of the reform movement
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To cease living:
Informal: pop off.
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demise[dɪˈmaɪz] n (frm) → decesso
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