verb (used with object)
Origin of bequeath
Synonyms for bequeath
Related Words for bequeathalendowment, inheritance, settlement, legacy, estate, gift, devise, dower, bestowal, heritage, trust, devisal, ancestry, bequeathal, bequeathment
Word Origin for bequeath
Old English becweðan "to say, speak to, exhort, blame," also "leave by will;" from be- + cweðan "to say," from Proto-Germanic *kwithan, from PIE *gwet- "to say, speak."
Original sense of "say, utter" died out 13c., leaving legal sense of "transfer by will." Closely related to bequest. "An old word kept alive in wills" [OED 1st ed.]. Old English bequeðere meant "interpreter, translator." Related: Bequeathed; bequeathing.