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bequeath

[ bih-kweeth, -kweeth ]
/ bɪˈkwiθ, -ˈkwið /
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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.
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Origin of bequeath

First recorded 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

be·queath·a·ble, adjectivebe·queath·al, be·queath·ment, nounbe·queath·er, nounun·be·queath·a·ble, adjective
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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
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