n. [in sing.]
a person's death:
Mr. Grisenthwaite's tragic demise.
the end or failure of an enterprise or institution.
conveyance or transfer of property or a title by demising.
v. [tr.] Law
convey or grant (an estate) by will or lease.
transmit (a sovereign's title) by death or abdication.
, apprise, apprize, arise, assize, capsize, chastise, comprise, demise, despise, devise, downsize, excise, flies, guise, incise, low-rise, misprize, outsize, previse, prise, prize, remise, revise, rise, size, surmise, surprise, uprise, wise
•archaize • heroize • ghettoize
•Judaize • bye-byes • disenfranchise
•propagandize • periodize • iodize
•merchandise • melodize
•gourmandize • methodize
•anthropomorphize • apostrophize
•elegize • analogize • syllogize
, mythologize, psychologize, tautologize, theologize
transfer of an estate XVI; transfer of sovereignty XVII; death (as occasioning this) XVIII. — AN. *demise
, sb. use of fem. pp. of OF. de(s)mettre
, (refl.) resign, abdicate.
Death. A conveyance of property, usually of an interest in land. Originally meant a posthumous grant but has come to be applied commonly to a conveyance that is made for a definitive term, such as an estate for a term of years. A lease is a common example, and demise is sometimes used synonymously with "lease" or "let."