[ dih-sees ]
/ dɪˈsis /


the act of dying; departure from life; death.

verb (used without object), de·ceased, de·ceas·ing.

to depart from life; die.

Origin of decease

1300–50; (noun) Middle English deces < Old French < Latin dēcessus departure, death, equivalent to dēced-, variant stem of dēcēdere to go away (dē- de- + cēdere to go; see cede) + -tus suffix of v. action, with dt > s; (v.) late Middle English decesen, derivative of the noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for decease

/ (dɪˈsiːs) /


a more formal word for death


(intr) a more formal word for die 1

Word Origin for decease

C14 (n): from Old French deces, from Latin dēcēdere to depart
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