Bequeath Definition

bĭ-kwēth, -kwēth
bequeathed, bequeathing, bequeaths
bequeathed, bequeathing, bequeaths
To leave or give (personal property) by will.
American Heritage
To leave (property) to another by last will and testament.
Webster's New World
To pass (something) on to another; hand down.
Bequeathed to their children a respect for hard work.
American Heritage
To hand down; pass on.
He bequeathed his talent to his son.
Webster's New World

To give a gift of personal property by means of a will. See also devise.

Webster's New World Law

Origin of Bequeath

  • 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.

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English biquethen from Old English becwethan be- be- cwethan to say gwet- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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