decease

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Etymology[edit]

From Old French deces (French décès).

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Noun[edit]

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decease (uncountable)

  1. (formal) death
  2. (obsolescent) Departure, especially departure from this life

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decease (third-person singular simple present deceases, present participle deceasing, simple past and past participle deceased)

  1. (now rare) To die.
    • 1603, John Florio, translating Michel de Montaigne, Essays, II.17:
      After which usurped victorie, he presently deceased: and partly through the excessive joy he thereby conceived.

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Usage notes[edit]

The noun and verb forms are much less commonly used than the participial adjective "deceased," particularly outside formal, literary, or legal usage.

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