• WordNet 3.6
    • v bequeath leave or give by will after one's death "My aunt bequeathed me all her jewelry","My grandfather left me his entire estate"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: All the proceeds earned from James M. Barrie's book "Peter Pan" were bequeathed to the Great Ormond Street Hospital for the Sick Children in London.
    • Bequeath To give or leave by will; to give by testament; -- said especially of personal property. "My heritage, which my dead father did bequeath to me."
    • Bequeath To give; to offer; to commit. "To whom, with all submission, on my knee
      I do bequeath my faithful services
      And true subjection everlastingly."
    • Bequeath To hand down; to transmit. "To bequeath posterity somewhat to remember it."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • bequeath To give away; transfer the possession of; assign as a gift.
    • bequeath 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.
    • bequeath To hand down; transmit.
    • bequeath To commit; commend; intrust.
    • bequeath To give or yield; furnish; impart.
    • bequeath Reflexively, to commit; dedicate; devote.
    • n bequeath A bequest.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Bequeath be-kwēth′ to leave personal property by will to another: to transmit to posterity, to leave behind: to commit or entrust to any one
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  • Charles Caleb Colton
    “Posthumous charities are the very essence of selfishness, when bequeathed by those who. when alive, would not have contributed.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “Of course, money will do after its kind, and will steadily work to unspiritualize and unchurch the people to whom it was bequeathed.”
  • Plato
    “Let parents bequeath to their children not riches, but the spirit of reverence.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. biquethen, AS. becweðan, to say, affirm, bequeath; pref. be-, + cweðan, to say, speak. See Quoth
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. becweðan; pfx. be-,and cweðan, to say. See Quoth.


In literature:

Shall we, their descendants, now basely disgrace our lineage, and pusilanimously disclaim the legacy bequeathed us?
"The Bay State Monthly, Volume I. No. VI. June, 1884" by Various
Literary genius cannot be bequeathed and added to as a scientific discovery can.
"The Art of Letters" by Robert Lynd
I protested against it, and I suppose that set her to inquiring whether the money could not be absolutely bequeathed to Sheila direct.
"Lippincott's Magazine. Vol. XII, No. 33. December, 1873." by Various
Thus we bequeath to piety, what we can keep no longer.
"An History of Birmingham (1783)" by William Hutton
It is the only valuable thing I leave behind me, except, perhaps, my furniture, which I bequeath to you.
"Ilka on the Hill-Top and Other Stories" by Hjalmar Hjorth Boyesen
He forged that weapon, and bequeathed it to his party.
"Lady Byron Vindicated" by Harriet Beecher Stowe
Thinking earnestly upon his career I have realised bow sad it is that he has bequeathed us no ASQUITH legend.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 152, January 10, 1917" by Various
The latter he bequeathed to his disciples; the former was entirely his own.
"Reviews" by Oscar Wilde
He now attained it, but only by war that bequeathed a legacy of war, and a peace that was no peace.
"The Life of Napoleon I (Volumes, 1 and 2)" by John Holland Rose
After the father's death it was found that he had bequeathed all his property to one son, but that the testament did not mention his name.
"Hebraic Literature; Translations from the Talmud, Midrashim and Kabbala" by Various

In poetry:

Moreover, why should former lives
Bequeath their weight of woe,
If with it comes no memory
To guide us, as we go?
"Before A Statue Of Buddha" by John Lawson Stoddard
Try entry, enter nightmares
Until his chisel bequeaths
Them life livelier than ours,
A solider repose than death's.
"Sculptor" by Sylvia Plath
To my dear BROTHERS I bequeath
All they can get by rapine;
That is, provided that my death,
Ere I return, shall happen.
"Buonaparte's Will" by Thomas Stott
But we bequeath a parting tip
For sound advice of such men,
Who come across in transport ship
To polish off the Dutchmen!
"Butchered to make a Dutchman's Holiday" by Harry Breaker Morant
Witlaf, a king of the Saxons,
Ere yet his last he breathed,
To the merry monks of Croyland
His drinking-horn bequeathed,--
"By The Fireside : King Witlaf's Drinking-horn" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
And far away in after time,
Shall blended Piety and Love
Find fond expression in the rhyme,
Bequeathed to earth by One above.
"Remembrance" by Samuel Griswold Goodrich

In news:

The rage that has united young Arabs from Tunis to Tripoli is fueled not just by hatred of their rulers but also by the widespread and entirely valid belief that those rulers intend to bequeath power to their equally loathsome offspring.
Carnegie observed that "it is no longer questionable that great sums bequeathed oftener work more for the injury than for the good of the recipients".
Rights to the book were bequeathed to the state of Bavaria by the Allies after World War II.
Emma Heming-Willis Denies Bruce Is Suing Apple Over Right To Bequeath His iTunes.
LegalZoom Helps Will-Makers Bequeath Online Accounts to Heirs.
Ingrid Rowland claims that the Warburg Institute sacrificed some duplicate books bequeathed to it by Frances Yates on "the altar of mammon" by selling them to the Getty.
The industrialist Armand Hammer announced today that he had bequeathed his collection of more than 47 drawings by Old Masters and Impressionists to the National Gallery.
The estate of a late Albemarle man that's worth more than $3 million was bequeathed to the North Carolina Zoological Society, which was the largest single gift in its 44-year history.
It's the time of year when the aspen trees have finished trembling and bequeathed their coins to Earth.
A couple of YSU alumni have made plans to bequeath $1 million or more to the beautification of the campus.
Scores of Boy Scouts spent Tuesday romping through a new aquatics center named after a former Scout who bequeathed a large part of his estate to benefit another generation of boys.
Assouline bequeaths a colorful, cultured rhetoric to the reader.
Before President Barack Obama could turn to the regions and issues he believed should be foreign policy priorities in his first term, he felt he had to clean up the mess his predecessor had bequeathed him in the Middle East and Central Asia.
Woman Bequeaths $140K to Fire Department .
A Minnesota fire chief was left speechless recently when a neighbor bequeathed $140,000 to his department.