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bequeath

[bih-kweeth , -kweeth] /bɪˈkwið, -ˈkwiθ/
verb (used with object)
1.
to dispose of (personal property, especially money) by last will:
She bequeathed her half of the company to her niece.
2.
to hand down; pass on.
3.
Obsolete. to commit; entrust.
Origin
1000
before 1000; Middle English bequethen, Old English becwethan (be- be- + cwethan to say (see quoth), cognate with Old High German quedan, Gothic qithan)
Related forms
bequeathable, adjective
bequeathal, bequeathment, noun
bequeather, noun
unbequeathable, adjective
unbequeathed, adjective
Synonyms
1. will, impart, leave, bestow, grant, consign.
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British Dictionary definitions for bequeather

bequeath

/bɪˈkwiːð; -ˈkwiːθ/
verb (transitive)
1.
(law) to dispose of (property, esp personal property) by will Compare devise (sense 2)
2.
to hand down; pass on, as to following generations
Derived Forms
bequeather, noun
bequeathal, noun
Word Origin
Old English becwethan; related to Old Norse kvetha to speak, Gothic qithan, Old High German quethan
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Word Origin and History for bequeather

bequeath

v.

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.

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