verb be·queath \bi-ˈkwēth, -ˈkwēth, bē-\

: 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

Full Definition of BEQUEATH

transitive verb
:  to give or leave by will —used especially of personal property
:  to hand down :  transmit
be·queath·al \-ˈkwē-thəl, -thəl\ noun

Examples of BEQUEATH

  1. He bequeathed his paintings to the museum.
  2. 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

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BEQUEATHING Defined for Kids


verb be·queath \bi-ˈkwēth, -ˈkwēth\

Definition of BEQUEATH for Kids

:  to give or leave by means of a will <I bequeath this ring to my sister.>
:  to hand down <These stories were bequeathed to us by our ancestors.>


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