bequeath

[ bih-kweeth, -kweeth ]SEE DEFINITION OF bequeath

EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR BEQUEATH

In other words, they bequeath us a treasure which we are free to enrich with our own discoveries.

The father was even able to bequeath his unmarried daughters by will.

Temple women often adopt orphans, to whom they bequeath their possessions.

Let parents, then, bequeath to their children not a heap of riches, but the spirit of reverence.

I bequeath him to you who already have done so much for him.

To posterity I bequeath the recognition of these poor captives.

And now, together with my parental blessing, I bequeath to you this doll.

I bequeath to them the wish that they may avoid my errors and copy anything that may have been worthy.

Item, to the Jews of this place I bequeath my pew in the high church.

Probably it had never occurred to him that he would have any property to bequeath to anyone.

WORD ORIGIN

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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