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bequeath

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

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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of bequeath

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to give or leave by will —used especially of personal property

  3. 2 :  to hand down :  transmit

bequeathal play \-ˈkwē-thəl, -thəl\ noun

Examples of bequeath in a sentence

  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

Rhymes with bequeath


BEQUEATH Defined for Kids

bequeath

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verb be·queath \bi-ˈkwēth, -ˈkwēth\

Definition of bequeath for Students

bequeathedbequeathing

  1. 1 :  to give or leave by means of a will <I bequeath this ring to my sister.>

  2. 2 :  to hand down <These stories were bequeathed to us by our ancestors.>




Law Dictionary

bequeath

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

Legal Definition of bequeath

  1. :  to give by will —used especially of personal property but sometimes of real property — see also legacy, legatee — compare devise



Origin of bequeath

Old English becwethan to speak to, address, leave by will, from be- to, about + cwethan to say



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