bewill

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English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From be- +‎ will.

Verb[edit]

bewill ‎(third-person singular simple present bewills, present participle bewilling, simple past and past participle bewilled)

  1. (transitive) To will (to); bequeath by a will or testament.
    • 1800, Charles Viner, A general abridgment of law and equity:
      The other testamentary writing was on stamped paper, and was as follows: "This is my last will and testament, at my death for "my husband to bewill to him the sum of 300/., which is now "in the joint stock annuities, for his own use [...]"
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Etymology 2[edit]

From be- +‎ will ‎(wandering, stray, lost in error). Cognate with Scots bewild ‎(to bewill).

Verb[edit]

bewill ‎(third-person singular simple present bewills, present participle bewilling, simple past and past participle bewilled)

  1. (UK dialectal, Scotland) To cause to go astray.