Dictionary.com

bequeath

[ bih-kweeth, -kweeth ]
/ bɪˈkwið, -ˈkwiθ /
Save This Word!
See synonyms for: bequeath / bequeathed / bequeathing / bequeathal on Thesaurus.com

verb (used with object)
to dispose of (personal property, especially money) by last will: She bequeathed her half of the company to her niece.
to hand down; pass on.
Obsolete. to commit; entrust.
QUIZ
QUIZ YOURSELF ON AFFECT VS. EFFECT!
In effect, this quiz will prove whether or not you have the skills to know the difference between “affect” and “effect.”
Question 1 of 7
The rainy weather could not ________ my elated spirits on my graduation day.
Meet Grammar CoachWrite or paste your essay, email, or story into Grammar Coach and get grammar helpImprove Your Writing
Meet Grammar CoachImprove Your Writing
Write or paste your essay, email, or story into Grammar Coach and get grammar help

Origin of bequeath

before 1000; Middle English bequethen,Old English becwethan (be-be- + cwethan to say (see quoth), cognate with Old High German quedan,Gothic qithan)

OTHER WORDS FROM bequeath

Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2022

How to use bequeath in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for bequeath

bequeath
/ (bɪˈkwiːð, -ˈkwiːθ) /

verb (tr)
law to dispose of (property, esp personal property) by willCompare devise (def. 2)
to hand down; pass on, as to following generations

Derived forms of bequeath

bequeather, nounbequeathal, noun

Word Origin for bequeath

Old English becwethan; related to Old Norse kvetha to speak, Gothic qithan, Old High German quethan
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
FEEDBACK