from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. Law To leave or give (personal property) by will.
- transitive v. To pass (something) on to another; hand down: bequeathed to their children a respect for hard work.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To give or leave by will; to give by testament.
- v. To hand down; to transmit.
- v. To give; to offer; to commit.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To give or leave by will; to give by testament; -- said especially of personal property.
- transitive v. To hand down; to transmit.
- transitive v. To give; to offer; to commit.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- . To give away; transfer the possession of; assign as a gift.
- To give or leave by will; assign as a legacy: more commonly, but not necessarily, used of personal property, in contradistinction to real property, which is said to be devised.
- To hand down; transmit.
- To commit; commend; intrust.
- To give or yield; furnish; impart.
- Reflexively, to commit; dedicate; devote.
- n. A bequest.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. leave or give by will after one's death
Middle English biquethen, from Old English becwethan : be-, be- + cwethan, to say; see gwet- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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. (Wiktionary)