Bequeath meaning

bĭ-kwēth, -kwēth
To bequeath is to leave assets for others after your death or to give someone something that you own, especially something of value.

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.

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(law) To leave or give (personal property) by will.
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To pass (something) on to another; hand down.

Bequeathed to their children a respect for hard work.

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To hand down; pass on.

He bequeathed his talent to his son.

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To give a gift of personal property by means of a will. See also devise.
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In some states, to give a gift of any type of property by means of a will.
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(law) To give or leave by will; to give by testament.
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To hand down; to transmit.
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To give; to offer; to commit.
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To leave (property) to another by last will and testament.
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Origin of bequeath

  • 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

  • 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