[bih-kweeth, -kweeth]
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.

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

bequeathable, adjective
bequeathal, bequeathment, noun
bequeather, noun
unbequeathable, adjective
unbequeathed, adjective

1. will, impart, leave, bestow, grant, consign. Unabridged
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bequeath (bɪˈkwiːð, -ˈkwiːθ)
1.  law Compare devise to dispose of (property, esp personal property) by will
2.  to hand down; pass on, as to following generations
[Old English becwethan; related to Old Norse kvetha to speak, Gothic qithan, Old High German quethan]

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Word Origin & History

O.E. becweðan "to say, speak to, exhort, blame," also "leave by will;" from be- + cweðan "to say," from P.Gmc. *kwethanan, from PIE *gwel-. 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.]. O.E. bequeðere meant "interpreter, translator."
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Example sentences
But look more closely and he risks bequeathing a disappointingly ambivalent legacy.
Guest-workers are bequeathing some of their handicaps to later generations.
He talked of his father, a great reporter, bequeathing him his first newspaper with instructions to use it for good purposes.
Apparently, it's not only the financial costs of these wars we're bequeathing to the next generation.
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