Pronunciation: (di-mīz'), [key]
—n., v., -mised, -mis•ing.
1. death or decease.
2. termination of existence or operation: the demise of the empire.
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.
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.
Law.to pass by bequest, inheritance, or succession.
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