To bequeath is to leave your possessions to another person after you die. A man might love his classic cars but would be happy to bequeath them to his grandchildren when he writes out his last will and testament.

Bequeath often is used about making plans to give away property and possessions after a person's death: "It was strange to leave a house to a one-year-old baby, but he planned what he would bequeath in his will while he was young, and the baby would be 23 when he finally did die." Sometimes bequeath is used for things handed down without death, as when living parents and grandparents pass, or bequeath, a legacy of stories or family traits and talents as an inheritance.

Definitions of bequeath

v leave or give by will after one's death

“My aunt bequeathed me all her jewelry”
leave, will
leave, leave behind
be survived by after one's death
give, impart, leave, pass on
transmit (knowledge or skills)
disinherit, disown
prevent deliberately (as by making a will) from inheriting
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give by will, especially real property
pass on
give to or transfer possession of
show appreciation to
entail, fee-tail
limit the inheritance of property to a specific class of heirs
transmit from one generation to the next
hand down
passed on, as by inheritance
Type of:
gift, give, present
give as a present; make a gift of

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