Definition of bequeath in English:
- By his will dated 8th June 1956 he appointed the Mother to be his executrix and bequeathed all his property whatsoever or wheresoever to her.
- She bequeathed all her property equally among her children.
- Things look especially grim for him when they learn the actress had bequeathed him a ranch property in America worth quite a sum.
- Each region bequeaths its own brand of craft skills and the results are so variegated that the categories run into the hundreds.
- Hurricane Katrina ‘is giving our nation a glimpse of the climate chaos we are bequeathing our children.’
- And he won't talk about the $4.6 trillion deficit he is bequeathing the nation or about wages.
- Example sentences
- Heirs paid the debts of the bequeather and other taxes according to the inherited parts the property.
- The basic principles of inheritance are equality and the disposal rights of the bequeathers and the heirs.
- Succession shall be governed by the law of the last state of residence of the bequeather.
The Old English form becwethan is composed of be- ‘about’ and cwethan ‘say’; the related bequest is Middle English, both reflecting a time when wills were often spoken rather than written. Quoth, an old term for ‘he/she said’ also comes from cwethan.
Words that rhyme with bequeathbreathe, enwreathe, Meath, seethe, sheathe, teethe, wreathe
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