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bɪˈkwið, -ˈkwiθbe·queath

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. bequeath, will, leaveverb

    leave or give by will after one's death

    "My aunt bequeathed me all her jewelry"; "My grandfather left me his entire estate"


  1. bequeathverb

    To give or leave by will; to give by testament; especially of personal property.

  2. bequeathverb

    To hand down; to transmit.

  3. bequeathverb

    To give; to offer; to commit.

  4. Etymology: From bequethen, from becweþan, equivalent to.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To BEQUEATHverb

    To leave by will to another.

    Etymology: cwiw, Sax. a will.

    She had never been disinherited of that goodly portion, which nature had so liberally bequeathed to her. Philip Sidney.

    Let’s choose executors, and talk of wills;
    And yet not so —— for what can we bequeath,
    Save our deposed bodies to the ground? William Shakespeare, Richard II.

    My father bequeath’d me by will but a poor thousand crowns. William Shakespeare, As you like it.

    Methinks this age seems resolved to bequeath posterity somewhat to remember it. Joseph Glanvill, Scepsis, c. 21.

    For you, whom best I love and value most,
    But to your service I bequeath my ghost. John Dryden, Fables.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Bequeathverb

    to give or leave by will; to give by testament; -- said especially of personal property

  2. Bequeathverb

    to hand down; to transmit

  3. Bequeathverb

    to give; to offer; to commit

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Bequeath

    be-kwēth′, v.t. to leave personal property by will to another: to transmit to posterity, to leave behind: to commit or entrust to any one.—adj. Bequeath′able.—ns. Bequeath′al, Bequeath′ment. [A.S. becweðan; pfx. be-,and cweðan, to say. See Quoth.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of bequeath in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of bequeath in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

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  • завещавамBulgarian
  • vermachen, vererben, hinterlassen, testamentarisch hinterlassenGerman
  • legar, dar, ceder, otorgar, confiar, conferir, dejar, heredar, transmitir, pasarSpanish
  • testamentata, luovuttaaFinnish
  • passer, donner, léguer, offrir, transmettreFrench
  • वसीयत में देनाHindi
  • կտակելArmenian
  • arfleiðaIcelandic
  • legare, donare, offrire, trasmettere, lasciare in eredità, tramandareItalian
  • 遺すJapanese
  • 남기다Korean
  • wira, whakahekeMāori
  • overdragen, nalaten, aanbieden, legateren, doorgevenDutch
  • transmitir, legarPortuguese
  • завещатьRussian
  • testamentera, lämna i arv, efterlämnaSwedish
  • mirasla bırakmak, vasiyetle bırakmak, vasiyet etmekTurkish

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