Bequethen \Be*queth"en\, old p. p. of {Bequeath}. [Obs.] --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

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  • bequeath — transitive verb Etymology: Middle English bequethen, from Old English becwethan, from be + cwethan to say more at quoth Date: before 12th century 1. to give or leave by will used especially of personal property 2. to hand down ; transmit …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • bequest — noun Etymology: Middle English, irregular from bequethen Date: 14th century 1. the act of bequeathing 2. something bequeathed ; legacy …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • bequeath — bequeathable, adj. bequeathal, bequeathment, n. bequeather, n. /bi kweedh , kweeth /, v.t. 1. to dispose of (personal property, esp. money) by last will: She bequeathed her half of the company to her niece. 2. to hand down; pass on …   Universalium

  • bequest — /bi kwest /, n. 1. a disposition in a will. 2. a legacy: A small bequest allowed her to live independently. [1250 1300; ME biqueste, biquyste, equiv. to bi BE + quiste will, bequest, OE cwis(se) (with excrescent t, as in BEHEST), n. deriv. of… …   Universalium

  • bequeath — be•queath [[t]bɪˈkwið, ˈkwiθ[/t]] v. t. 1) to dispose of (property or money) by last will 2) to hand down; pass on • Etymology: bef. 1000; ME bequethen, OE becwethan=be be +cwethan to say (see quoth) be•queath′a•ble, adj. be•queath′al,… …   From formal English to slang

  • bequeath — [bē kwēth′, bēkwēth′; bikwēth′, bikwēth′] vt. bequeathed, bequeathing [ME bequethen < OE becwethan, to declare, give by will < be , BE + cwethan, to say: see QUOTH] 1. to leave (property) to another by last will and testament 2. to hand… …   English World dictionary

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