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From Middle English biquethen, from Old English becweþan (“to say, to speak, to address, exhort, admonish, blame, bequeath, leave by will”), equivalent to be- + quethe. Cognate with Old Frisian biquetha.
- (UK) IPA(key): /bɪˈkwiːθ/, /bɪˈkwiːð/
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- Hyphenation: be‧queath
- Rhymes: -iːð, -iːθ
bequeath (third-person singular simple present bequeaths, present participle bequeathing, simple past bequeathed or (obsolete) bequoth, past participle bequeathed or (rare) bequethen or (obsolete) bequothen)
- (law) To give or leave by will; to give by testament.
- To hand down; to transmit.
- 1964 May, “News and Comment: Minister hamstrings BR workshops”, in Modern Railways, page 291:
- Ownership of manufacturing workshops is not essential to that job; but BR happen to have been bequeathed a considerable number with a proud history.
- To give; to offer; to commit.
- (give or leave by will): The verb bequeath is usually used of personal property; for real property, the term devise is preferred (hence the phrase give, devise, and bequeath).
to give or leave by will
to hand down; to transmit
to give; to offer; to commit
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