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From Middle English bequethen, from Old English becweþan (“to say, to speak to, address, exhort, admonish, blame, bequeath, leave by will”), equivalent to be- + quethe. Cognate with West Frisian bekwathan.
- (law) To give or leave by will; to give by testament.
- To hand down; to transmit.
- 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.
to give or leave by will
to hand down; to transmit