Be*queath" (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Bequeathed (#); p. pr. & vb. n. Bequeathing.] [OE. biquethen, AS. becwean to say, affirm, bequeath; pref. be- + cwean to say, speak. See Quoth.]

1.

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. Shak.

2.

To hand down; to transmit.

To bequeath posterity somewhat to remember it. Glanvill.

3.

To give; to offer; to commit.

[Obs.]

To whom, with all submission, on my knee I do bequeath my faithful services And true subjection everlastingly. Shak.

Syn. -- To Bequeath, Devise. Both these words denote the giving or disposing of property by will. Devise, in legal usage, is property used to denote a gift by will of real property, and he to whom it is given is called the devisee. Bequeath is properly applied to a gift by will or legacy; i. e., of personal property; the gift is called a legacy, and he who receives it is called a legatee. In popular usage the word bequeath is sometimes enlarged so as to embrace devise; and it is sometimes so construed by courts.

 

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