demise

Definitions:

Death; decease, formerly applied to a sovereign only; the conveyance of an estate by lease or will.
- Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874. (noun) (n.) (noun)
Death, especially of a royal personage; the conveyance or transfer of an estate by will or lease.
- The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919. (noun) (n.) (noun)
To be queath by will.
- The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894. (verb) (v. t.) (verb transitive)
To bequeath property by will.
- The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919. (verb) (v. i.) (verb intransitive)
A decease, especially of a royal or distinguished person; a conveyance or transfer of an estate by lease or will.
- Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914. (noun) (n.) (noun)
To transfer or convey; to lease; to bequenth. Demise and redemise, a conveyance where there are mutual leases made from one to another of the same land.
- Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914. (verb) (v.) (verb)
Death.
- Newage Dictionary DB (noun) (n.) (noun)
To give or grant by will.
- The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919. (verb) (v. t.) (verb transitive)
To send down to a successor: to bequeath by will.
- The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899. (verb) (v. t.) (verb transitive)
To bequeath; to grant by will; to convey or lease.
- Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874. (verb) (v.) (verb)
Laying down- hence, a transferring: the death of a sovereign or a distinguished person: a transfer of the crown or of an estate to a successor.
- The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899. (noun) (n.) (noun)

Usage examples:

It was also arranged that, on the demise of a Chief Governor, the Norman nobles were to elect a successor, who should have full authority, until the royal pleasure could be known.
- An Illustrated History of Ireland from AD 400 to 1800 by Mary Frances Cusack
It may be that very soon some of our rich relatives will, at their demise will" us each one a house, so that we shall be permanently fixed.
- Around The Tea-Table by T. De Witt Talmage
Young plants set in vacancies must compete with neighboring full- grown vines, and often in a bit of land so unfavorable that it may have been the cause of the demise of the original occupant.
- Manual of American Grape-Growing by U. P. Hedrick