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bɪˈkwið, -ˈkwiθbe·queath

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. bequeath, will, leave(verb)

    leave or give by will after one's death

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


  1. bequeath(Verb)

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

    Etymology: From bequethen, from becweþan, equivalent to .

  2. bequeath(Verb)

    To hand down; to transmit.

    Etymology: From bequethen, from becweþan, equivalent to .

  3. bequeath(Verb)

    To give; to offer; to commit.

    Etymology: From bequethen, from becweþan, equivalent to .

Webster Dictionary

  1. Bequeath(verb)

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

  2. Bequeath(verb)

    to hand down; to transmit

  3. Bequeath(verb)

    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

Examples of bequeath in a Sentence

  1. Marvin Cooley:

    We must pity the poor wretched, timid soul who is too faint-hearted to resist his oppressors. He sings the song of the dammed: “I can’t fight back; I have too much to lose; I own too much property; I have worked too hard to get what I have; They will put me out of business if I resist; I might go to jail; I have my family to think about.” Such poor miserable creatures have misplaced values and are hiding their cowardice behind pretended family responsibility -- blindly refusing to see that the most glorious legacy that one can bequeath to posterity is liberty; and that the only true security is liberty.

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  • завещавамBulgarian
  • vermachen, hinterlassen, vererben, testamentarisch hinterlassenGerman
  • ceder, legar, dejar, confiar, dar, otorgar, conferir, heredar, transmitir, pasarSpanish
  • luovuttaa, testamentataFinnish
  • passer, transmettre, donner, léguer, offrirFrench
  • वसीयत में देनाHindi
  • կտակելArmenian
  • arfleiðaIcelandic
  • trasmettere, lasciare in eredità, tramandare, offrire, legare, donareItalian
  • 遺すJapanese
  • 남기다Korean
  • whakaheke, wiraMāori
  • legateren, overdragen, doorgeven, nalaten, aanbiedenDutch
  • legar, transmitirPortuguese
  • завещатьRussian
  • lämna i arv, efterlämna, testamenteraSwedish
  • vasiyet etmek, vasiyetle bırakmak, mirasla bırakmakTurkish

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