verb (used with object)
Origin of bequeath
Examples from the Web for bequeathing
To his successors on the right, he did not succeed in bequeathing his modesty or calm.
The notion of a bequeathing and inheriting of views is exaggerated.Talleyrand|Joseph McCabe
We want you to sign this paper admitting that you forged the will bequeathing you the ranch in Red Top.Bob Chester's Grit|Frank V. Webster
They complete and close the Renaissance, bequeathing in a new species of art its form and pressure to succeeding generations.Renaissance in Italy: Italian Literature|John Addington Symonds
This great heart was content to endure them as the penalty of bequeathing to mankind its priceless secret.From the Oak to the Olive|Julia Ward Howe
Yea, more—a "Divine Warrant" for a father holding his children as slaves and bequeathing them as property to his heirs!The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Omnibus|American Anti-Slavery Society
British Dictionary definitions for bequeathing
Word Origin for bequeath
Word Origin and History for bequeathing
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.