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Definition of bequeath verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    , NAmE//bɪˈkwiθ//
    (formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they bequeath
    he / she / it bequeaths
    past simple bequeathed
    -ing form bequeathing
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  1. 1to say in a will that you want someone to have your property, money, etc. after you die synonym leave bequeath something (to somebody) He bequeathed his entire estate to his daughter. bequeath somebody something He bequeathed his daughter his entire estate.
  2. 2bequeath something (to somebody) bequeath somebody something to leave the results of your work, knowledge, etc. for other people to use or deal with, especially after you have died The previous government had bequeathed a legacy of problems.
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