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, like the pearl necklace that your great-grandmother bequeathed to you or a house that your uncle bequeathed to a his favorite charity. 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
  1. verb
    leave or give by will after one's death
    “My aunt bequeathed me all her jewelry”
    synonyms: leave, will
    leave, leave behind
    be survived by after one's death
    give, impart, leave, pass on
    transmit (knowledge or skills)
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    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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