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Meaning of DEMISE

Pronunciation:  di'mIz

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  the time when something ends; "it was the death of all his plans"; "a dying of old hopes"

DEMISE is a 6 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: death, dying
 Antonyms: birth
 See Also: end, ending, grave, life, lifespan, lifetime



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \De*mise"\, n. [F. d['e]mettre, p. p. d['e]mis,
    d['e]mise, to put away, lay down; pref. d['e]- (L. de or
    dis-) + mettre to put, place, lay, fr. L. mittere to send.
    See {Mission}, and cf. {Dismiss}, {Demit}.]
    1. Transmission by formal act or conveyance to an heir or
       successor; transference; especially, the transfer or
       transmission of the crown or royal authority to a
    2. The decease of a royal or princely person; hence, also,
       the death of any illustrious person.
             After the demise of the Queen [of George II.], in
             1737, they [drawing- rooms] were held but twice a
             week.                                 --P.
    3. (Law) The conveyance or transfer of an estate, either in
       fee for life or for years, most commonly the latter.
    Note: The demise of the crown is a transfer of the crown,
          royal authority, or kingdom, to a successor. Thus, when
          Edward IV. was driven from his throne for a few months
          by the house of Lancaster, this temporary transfer of
          his dignity was called a demise. Thus the natural death
          of a king or queen came to be denominated a demise, as
          by that event the crown is transferred to a successor.
    {Demise and redemise}, a conveyance where there are mutual
       leases made from one to another of the same land, or
       something out of it.
    Syn: Death; decease; departure. See {Death}.
  2. \De*mise"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Demised}; p. pr. & vb.
    n. {Demising}.]
    1. To transfer or transmit by succession or inheritance; to
       grant or bestow by will; to bequeath. ``Power to demise my
       lands.'' --Swift.
             What honor Canst thou demise to any child of mine?
    2. To convey; to give. [R.]
             His soul is at his conception demised to him.
    3. (Law) To convey, as an estate, by lease; to lease.
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