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DECE'ASE, noun [Latin to depart or to withdraw.] Literally, departure; hence, departure from this life; death; applied to human beings only.

Moses and Elias, who appeared in glory, and spoke of his decease which he should accomplish at Jerusalem. Luke 9:31.

DECE'ASE, verb intransitive To depart from this life; to die.

Gen. Washington deceased, December 14, 1799, in the 68th year of his age.