- An example of bequeath is writing a will that leaves your home to your child.
- An example of bequeath is giving someone a family heirloom.
- to leave (property) to another by last will and testament
- to hand down; pass on: he bequeathed his talent to his son
Origin of bequeathMiddle English bequethen ; from Old English becwethan, to declare, give by will ; from be-, be- + cwethan, to say: see quoth
transitive verbbe·queathed, be·queath·ing, be·queaths
- Law To leave or give (personal property) by will.
- To pass (something) on to another; hand down: bequeathed to their children a respect for hard work.
Origin of bequeathMiddle English biquethen, from Old English becwethan : be-, be- + cwethan, to say; see gwet- in Indo-European roots.
- be·queath′al, be·queath′ment
(third-person singular simple present bequeaths, present participle bequeathing, simple past bequeathed or bequoth, past participle bequeathed or rarely bequethen)
- (give or leave by will): The verb bequeath is usually used of personal property; for real property, the term devise is preferred.
From Middle English bequethen, from Old English becweþan (“to say, to speak to, address, exhort, admonish, blame, bequeath, leave by will”), equivalent to be- + quethe.
bequeath - Legal Definition
- To give a gift of personal property by means of a will. See also devise.
- In some states, to give a gift of any type of property by means of a will.