bequeath

  • 1 Bequeath — Be*queath (b[ e]*kw[=e][th] ), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Bequeathed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Bequeathing}.] [OE. biquethen, AS. becwe[eth]an to say, affirm, bequeath; pref. be + cwe[eth]an to say, speak. See {Quoth}.] 1. To give or leave by will; to give by …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 bequeath — be·queath /bi kwēth, kwēt̲h̲/ vt [Old English becwethan to speak to, address, leave by will, from be to, about + cwethan to say]: to give by will used esp. of personal property but sometimes of real property; see also legacy, legatee compare de …

    Law dictionary

  • 3 bequeath — be‧queath [bɪˈkwiːD, bɪˈkwiːθ] verb [transitive] LAW to officially arrange for someone to have money or property that you own after your death, by writing it in your will: bequeath something to somebody • Sharp left the museum nothing, instead… …

    Financial and business terms

  • 4 bequeath — (v.) O.E. becweðan to say, speak to, exhort, blame, also leave by will; from BE (Cf. be ) + cweðan to say, from P.Gmc. *kwithan, from PIE *gwet to say, speak. Original sense of say, utter died out 13c., leaving legal sense of transfer by will.… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 5 bequeath — *will, devise, leave, legate Analogous words: *give, present, bestow: *distribute, dispense …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 6 bequeath — [v] give in a will bestow, commit, devise, endow, entrust, grant, hand down, hand on, impart, leave, leave to, legate, pass on, transmit, will; concepts 108,317 Ant. take …

    New thesaurus

  • 7 bequeath — ► VERB 1) leave (property) to someone by a will. 2) hand down or pass on. ORIGIN Old English, related to QUOTH(Cf. ↑quoth) …

    English terms dictionary

  • 8 bequeath — [bē kwēth′, bēkwēth′; bikwēth′, bikwēth′] vt. bequeathed, bequeathing [ME bequethen < OE becwethan, to declare, give by will < be , BE + cwethan, to say: see QUOTH] 1. to leave (property) to another by last will and testament 2. to hand… …

    English World dictionary

  • 9 bequeath — UK [bɪˈkwiːð] / US [bɪˈkwɪð] / US [bɪˈkwɪθ] verb [transitive] Word forms bequeath : present tense I/you/we/they bequeath he/she/it bequeaths present participle bequeathing past tense bequeathed past participle bequeathed formal to give someone… …

    English dictionary

  • 10 bequeath — [[t]bɪkwi͟ːð[/t]] bequeaths, bequeathing, bequeathed 1) VERB If you bequeath your money or property to someone, you legally state that they should have it when you die. [FORMAL] [V n n] Fields s will bequeathed his wife Hattie and son Claude the… …

    English dictionary

  • 11 bequeath — be|queath [bıˈkwi:ð, bıˈkwi:θ] v [T] [: Old English; Origin: becwethan, from cwethan to say ] 1.) to officially arrange for someone to have something that you own after your death = ↑leave bequeath sth to sb ▪ She bequeathed her collection of… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 12 bequeath — be|queath [ bı kwið, bı kwiθ ] verb transitive FORMAL to give someone money or property after you die by making a legal document called a WILL: LEAVE: bequeath something to someone: She bequeathed her jewelry to her niece. bequeath someone… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 13 bequeath — verb (T) 1 to officially arrange for someone to have something that you own after your death: bequeath sth to sb: She bequeathed her collection of paintings to the National Gallery. | bequeath sb sth: His father bequeathed him a fortune. 2 to… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 14 bequeath — verb Bequeath is used with these nouns as the object: ↑collection, ↑estate, ↑legacy …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 15 bequeath — Synonyms and related words: abalienate, add a codicil, alien, alienate, amortize, assign, barter, cede, confer, consign, convey, deed, deed over, deliver, demise, devise, devolve upon, enfeoff, entail, exchange, execute a will, give, give title… …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 16 bequeath — [OE] Etymologically, what you bequeath is what you ‘say’ you will leave someone in your will. The word comes from Old English becwethan, a derivative of cwethan ‘say’, whose past tense cwæth gives us quoth (it is no relation to quote, by the way) …

    The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • 17 bequeath — verb I bequeath the northern campgrounds to the Yellow Birch Fishing Club Syn: leave to, leave in one s will to, hand on/down to, will to, make over to, pass on to, entrust to, grant to, transfer to; donate to, give to; endow on, bestow on,… …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 18 bequeath — /bakwiydV. To give personal property by will to another. It therefore is distinguishable from devise, which is properly used of realty. But if the context clearly shows the intention of the testator to use the word bequeath as synonymous with… …

    Black's law dictionary

  • 19 bequeath — /bakwiydV. To give personal property by will to another. It therefore is distinguishable from devise, which is properly used of realty. But if the context clearly shows the intention of the testator to use the word bequeath as synonymous with… …

    Black's law dictionary

  • 20 bequeath — A legacy, that is, a disposition of personal property by will. Hoellinger v Molzhon 77 ND 108, 41 NW 2d 217, 19 ALR2d 747; often considered to include either a legacy of personalty or a devise of real estate. 57 Am J1st Wills § 1400. To make a… …

    Ballentine's law dictionary


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