1. death; 2. the end of something. Demise is used formally or in archaic usage to mean “the death of a person.” It is also used to mean the end or complete stopping of something that had previously existed. Demise is a more sophisticated way of saying “death.”
– Before his tragic demise in 1959, many people thought Buddy Holly would succeed Elvis Presley as the “king of rock and roll.”
– The demise of the unpopular Utilities Bill meant that electricity would remain affordable for even the town’s poorest residents.
– The demise of our friendship came when she moved across the country, and we stopped talking.
– The politician’s sordid affair with his intern would prove to be the demise of his political career.
death, end, passing
1. to cause to act on the same schedule; 2. to happen at the same time. When you synchronize your watch with someone else’s, you make sure that both watches show the exact same time. To synchronize anything means “to make it work or happen simultaneously with something else.” You can also use the word sync (a shortened, informal version) to say the same thing. The noun synchronicity refers to the coincidence of two or more events happening at the same time that seem related, but aren’t.
– Let’s synchronize our watches so that we’ll be sure to meet on time.
– The radio station synchronized its programming with the fireworks show.
– We synchronized our travel schedule to arrive in San Francisco at the same time.
– The performance was poorly synchronized, and the dancing looked like it was off from the music.
coincide, regulate, time, tune