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Definition of "bequeath" []

  • Law To leave or give (personal property) by will. (verb-transitive)
  • To pass (something) on to another; hand down: bequeathed to their children a respect for hard work. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "bequeath" in a sentence
  • "And lastly, (for there is no end of enumerating every particular of his glory,) with one word bequeath all this power and splendor to his posterity?"
  • "A loophole in the rules allows council house tenants to "bequeath" their tenancies when they die."
  • "The dictionary meaning of "bequeath": 1) to leave (property, etc.) to another by one's will; 2) to hand down, to pass on."