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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Death.
  • n. The end of existence or activity; termination: the demise of the streetcar.
  • n. Law Transfer of an estate by lease or will.
  • n. The transfer of a ruler's authority by death or abdication.
  • transitive v. Law To transfer (an estate) by will or lease.
  • transitive v. To transfer (sovereignty) by abdication or will.
  • intransitive v. Law To be transferred by will or descent: The land demised to a charitable institution.
  • intransitive v. To die.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The conveyance or transfer of an estate, either in fee for life or for years, most commonly the latter.
  • n. 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 successor.
  • n. Death.
  • n. end (less common, usually in a negative manner)
  • v. To give.
  • v. To convey, as by will or lease.
  • v. To transmit by inheritance.
  • v. To pass by inheritance.
  • v. To die.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. 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 successor.
  • n. The decease of a royal or princely person; hence, also, the death of any illustrious person.
  • n. The conveyance or transfer of an estate, either in fee for life or for years, most commonly the latter.
  • transitive v. To transfer or transmit by succession or inheritance; to grant or bestow by will; to bequeath.
  • transitive v. To convey; to give.
  • transitive v. To convey, as an estate, by lease; to lease.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To bequeath; grant by will.
  • In law, to transfer or convey, as an estate, for life or for years; lease.
  • To pass by bequest or inheritance; descend, as property.
  • n. Transfer; transmission; devolution, as of a right or an estate in consequence of death, forfeiture of title, etc.
  • n. In law, a conveyance or transfer of an estate by will or lease in fee, for life or for a term of years; in modern use, a lease for years.
  • n. Hence Death, especially of a sovereign or other person transmitting important possessions or great fame: often used as a mere euphemism for death, without other implication.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the time when something ends
  • v. transfer by a lease or by a will

Etymologies

Middle English, transfer of property, from Old French dimis, past participle of demettre, to release; see demit.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin demissa, feminine singular of perfect passive participle of dēmittō, apparently via Middle French démise, the feminine singular past participle of démettre. (Wiktionary)

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