- 1to say in a will that you want somebody to have your property, money, etc. after you die synonym leave bequeath something (to somebody) He bequeathed his entire estate (= all his money and property) to his daughter. bequeath somebody something He bequeathed his daughter his entire estate.
- 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. Word Origin Old English becwethan, from be- ‘about’ (expressing transitivity) + cwethan ‘say’, of Germanic origin.
BrE BrE//bɪˈkwiːð//; NAmE NAmE//bɪˈkwiːð//(formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they bequeath
BrE BrE//bɪˈkwiːð//; NAmE NAmE//bɪˈkwiːð//he / she / it bequeaths
BrE BrE//bɪˈkwiːðz//; NAmE NAmE//bɪˈkwiːðz//past simple bequeathed
BrE BrE//bɪˈkwiːðd//; NAmE NAmE//bɪˈkwiːðd//past participle bequeathed
BrE BrE//bɪˈkwiːðd//; NAmE NAmE//bɪˈkwiːðd//-ing form bequeathing
BrE BrE//bɪˈkwiːðɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//bɪˈkwiːðɪŋ//