bequeath /bɪˈkwiːð/


I. verb [with obj.]

1. leave (property) to a person or other beneficiary by a will

he bequeathed his art collection to the town.
2. pass (something) on or leave (something) to someone else

he ditched the unpopular policies bequeathed to him.
II. derivatives

1. bequeathal

2. bequeather /bɪˈkwiːðə /

– origin Old English becwethan, from be- ‘about’ (expressing transitivity) + cwethan ‘say’ (see quoth).

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