from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To die.
- n. The act of dying; death.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. death
- n. Departure, especially departure from this life
- v. To die.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Departure, especially departure from this life; death.
- intransitive v. To depart from this life; to die; to pass away.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Departure from life; death.
- n. Synonyms Death, Decease, Demise. Death is the common term for the ending of life. Decease is slightly euphemistic; it is less forcible and harsh than death. Demise applies primarily to a sovereign, who at death sends down or transmits his title, etc. (see quotation from Blackstone, under demise), and hence to others with reference to the transmission of their possessions. The use of demise for death apart from this idea is figurative, euphemistic, or stilted.
- To depart from life; die.
- Synonyms Expire, etc. See die.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. pass from physical life and lose all bodily attributes and functions necessary to sustain life
- n. the event of dying or departure from life
Middle English decesen, from deces, death, from Old French, from Latin dēcessus, departure, death, from past participle of dēcēdere, to depart, die : dē-, de- + cēdere, to go; see ked- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle French décès. (Wiktionary)