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be·queath

 (bĭ-kwēth′, -kwēth′)
tr.v. be·queathed, be·queath·ing, be·queaths
1. Law To leave or give (personal property) by will.
2. To pass (something) on to another; hand down: bequeathed to their children a respect for hard work.

[Middle English biquethen, from Old English becwethan : be-, be- + cwethan, to say; see gwet- in Indo-European roots.]

be·queath′al, be·queath′ment n.
be·queath′er n.

bequeath

(bɪˈkwiːð; -ˈkwiːθ)
vb (tr)
1. (Law) law to dispose of (property, esp personal property) by will. Compare devise2
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]
beˈqueather n
beˈqueathal n

be•queath

(bɪˈkwið, -ˈkwiθ)

v.t.
1. to dispose of (property or money) by last will.
2. to hand down; pass on.
[before 1000; Middle English bequethen, Old English becwethan=be- be- + cwethan to say (see quoth)]
be•queath′a•ble, adj.
be•queath′al, be•queath′ment, n.
be•queath′er, n.

bequeath

- Etymologically, what you bequeath is what you "say" you will leave someone in your will—but the original sense "say, utter" died out, leaving the legal sense.
See also related terms for leaving.

bequeath


Past participle: bequeathed
Gerund: bequeathing

Imperative
bequeath
bequeath
Present
I bequeath
you bequeath
he/she/it bequeaths
we bequeath
you bequeath
they bequeath
Preterite
I bequeathed
you bequeathed
he/she/it bequeathed
we bequeathed
you bequeathed
they bequeathed
Present Continuous
I am bequeathing
you are bequeathing
he/she/it is bequeathing
we are bequeathing
you are bequeathing
they are bequeathing
Present Perfect
I have bequeathed
you have bequeathed
he/she/it has bequeathed
we have bequeathed
you have bequeathed
they have bequeathed
Past Continuous
I was bequeathing
you were bequeathing
he/she/it was bequeathing
we were bequeathing
you were bequeathing
they were bequeathing
Past Perfect
I had bequeathed
you had bequeathed
he/she/it had bequeathed
we had bequeathed
you had bequeathed
they had bequeathed
Future
I will bequeath
you will bequeath
he/she/it will bequeath
we will bequeath
you will bequeath
they will bequeath
Future Perfect
I will have bequeathed
you will have bequeathed
he/she/it will have bequeathed
we will have bequeathed
you will have bequeathed
they will have bequeathed
Future Continuous
I will be bequeathing
you will be bequeathing
he/she/it will be bequeathing
we will be bequeathing
you will be bequeathing
they will be bequeathing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been bequeathing
you have been bequeathing
he/she/it has been bequeathing
we have been bequeathing
you have been bequeathing
they have been bequeathing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been bequeathing
you will have been bequeathing
he/she/it will have been bequeathing
we will have been bequeathing
you will have been bequeathing
they will have been bequeathing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been bequeathing
you had been bequeathing
he/she/it had been bequeathing
we had been bequeathing
you had been bequeathing
they had been bequeathing
Conditional
I would bequeath
you would bequeath
he/she/it would bequeath
we would bequeath
you would bequeath
they would bequeath
Past Conditional
I would have bequeathed
you would have bequeathed
he/she/it would have bequeathed
we would have bequeathed
you would have bequeathed
they would have bequeathed
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.bequeath - leave or give by will after one's death; "My aunt bequeathed me all her jewelry"; "My grandfather left me his entire estate"
leave behind, leave - be survived by after one's death; "He left six children"; "At her death, she left behind her husband and 11 cats"
gift, present, give - give as a present; make a gift of; "What will you give her for her birthday?"
devise - give by will, especially real property
pass on - give to or transfer possession of; "She passed the family jewels on to her daughter-in-law"
impart, pass on, give, leave - transmit (knowledge or skills); "give a secret to the Russians"; "leave your name and address here"; "impart a new skill to the students"
remember - show appreciation to; "He remembered her in his will"
fee-tail, entail - limit the inheritance of property to a specific class of heirs
disinherit, disown - prevent deliberately (as by making a will) from inheriting

bequeath

verb
1. leave, will, give, grant, commit, transmit, hand down, endow, bestow, entrust, leave to by will He bequeathed all his silver to his children.
2. give, offer, accord, grant, afford, contribute, yield, lend, pass on, transmit, confer, bestow, impart It is true that colonialism did not bequeath much to Africa.

bequeath

verb
1. Law. To give (property) to another person after one's death:
Law: devise.
2. To convey (something) from one generation to the next:
hand down, hand on, pass (along or on), transmit.
Translations
يوصِي، يورِثُ
odkázatzanechat
testamentere
luovuttaatestamentata
hagyományoz
ánafna í erfîaskrá
palikti testamentu
novēlēt
bırakmakmiras bırakmak

bequeath

[bɪˈkwiːð] VTlegar

bequeath

[bɪˈkwiːð] vt
[+ money, property] → léguer
to bequeath sb sth, to bequeath sth to sb → léguer qch à qn
[+ idea, system] → transmettre; [+ situation] → léguer

bequeath

vt
(in will) → vermachen, hinterlassen (to sb jdm)
(fig) traditionhinterlassen, vererben (to sb jdm)

bequeath

[bɪˈkwiːð] vt to bequeath sth to sblasciare qc in eredità a qn

bequeath

(biˈkwiːð) verb
to leave (personal belongings) by will. She bequeathed her art collection to the town.
bequest (biˈkwest) noun
something bequeathed in a will. I received a bequest in my uncle's will.
References in classic literature ?
If her talent had been ten-fold greater than it was, it would not have surprised him, convinced as he was that he had bequeathed to all of his daughters the germs of a masterful capability, which only depended upon their own efforts to be directed toward successful achievement.
Had he not bequeathed a legacy of hatred against the Pyncheons to this only grandson, who, as it appeared, was now about to exercise a subtle influence over the daughter of his enemy's house?
Wilson were executors, he bequeathed a very considerable amount of property, both here and in England to little Pearl, the daughter of Hester Prynne.
But not alone has this Leviathan left his pre-adamite traces in the stereotype plates of nature, and in limestone and marl bequeathed his ancient bust; but upon Egyptian tablets, whose antiquity seems to claim for them an almost fossiliferous character, we find the unmistakable print of his fin.
For this reason, and also because a relative at Iggensbach had bequeathed M400 ($100) to the boy, the heartless father considered him in the way; so the unnatural parents determined to sacrifice him in the cruelest possible manner.
My father always cherished the idea that he would atone for his error by leaving his possessions to us; that letter informs us that he has bequeathed every penny to the other relation, with the exception of thirty guineas, to be divided between St.
He read the draft for the Will first, pausing and knitting his brows distrustfully, wherever he found blank spaces left in the manuscript to be filled in with the names of persons and the enumeration of sums bequeathed to them.
Of this he bequeathed the interest of one thousand to Mr.
Had the lover of Giovanna of Naples bequeathed him some inheritance of sin and shame?
They bequeathed the whole mystery to their successors and heaved a sigh of relief when they were rid of a business that had puzzled them without amusing them in the least.
Whatever else Tarzan of the Apes may or may not have handed down to his son he had at least bequeathed him almost as marvelous a physique as he himself had possessed at the same age.
Then, emphasising his words with his loud voice and frequent gestures, he related the history of the Mormons from Biblical times: how that, in Israel, a Mormon prophet of the tribe of Joseph published the annals of the new religion, and bequeathed them to his son Mormon; how, many centuries later, a translation of this precious book, which was written in Egyptian, was made by Joseph Smith, junior, a Vermont farmer, who revealed himself as a mystical prophet in 1825; and how, in short, the celestial messenger appeared to him in an illuminated forest, and gave him the annals of the Lord.