Simple Definition of bequeath
: to say in a will that (your property) will be given to (a person or organization) after you die
: to give (ideas, knowledge, etc.) to (younger people) as part of their history
Examples of bequeath
He bequeathed his paintings to the museum.
Lessons of the past are bequeathed to future generations.
Origin of bequeath
Middle English bequethen, from Old English becwethan, from be- + cwethan to say — more at quoth
First Known Use: before 12th century
BEQUEATH Defined for Kids
Definition of bequeath
1 : to give or leave by means of a will <I bequeath this ring to my sister.>
2 : to hand down <These stories were bequeathed to us by our ancestors.>
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