verb (used with object), pre·de·ceased, pre·de·ceas·ing.

to die before (another person, the occurrence of an event, etc.).

Origin of predecease

First recorded in 1585–95; pre- + decease Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for predecease



to die before (some other person)


rare earlier death
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Word Origin and History for predecease

"to die before," 1590s, from pre- + decease (v.). Related: Predeceased; predeceasing.

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