bequeath

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

Definition of bequeath

transitive verb
1 :to give or leave by will (see 2will 6) used especially of personal property
  • a ring bequeathed to her by her grandmother
2 :to hand down :transmit
  • lessons bequeathed to future generations

bequeathal

play \-ˈkwē-thəl, -t͟həl\ 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.

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Origin and Etymology of bequeath

Middle English bequethen, from Old English becwethan, from be- + cwethan to say — more at quoth

bequeath Synonyms

Synonyms
leave, will
Related Words
deed; hand down, hand on, pass (down); devise

BEQUEATH Defined for English Language Learners

bequeath

verb

Definition of bequeath for English Language Learners

  • : 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


BEQUEATH Defined for Kids

bequeath

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

Definition of bequeath for Students

bequeathed; bequeathing
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.

Law Dictionary

bequeath

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

legal Definition of bequeath

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

Origin and Etymology of bequeath

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



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