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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.
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