—n. 1. death or decease.
2. termination of existence or operation: the demise of the empire. 3. Law. a. a death or decease occasioning the transfer of an estate.
b. a conveyance or transfer of an estate.
4. Govt.transfer of sovereignty, as by the death or deposition of the sovereign.
—v.t. 1. Law.to transfer (an estate or the like) for a limited time; lease.
2. Govt.to transfer (sovereignty), as by the death or abdication of the sovereign.
—v.i. Law.to pass by bequest, inheritance, or succession.