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To give, especially in a will after death. For example, a grandfather may bequeath his house to his granddaughter in his will.
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To leave personal property to another in a will. The word devise is used when referring to real property left by will.

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Quite like you take pride in moving your fingers over the frayed embroidery of your grandmother's moth-eaten quilts that you have inherited or admire the filigree on the wooden chest that your grandaunt had bequeathed upon you.
"This means that most wealth held by retired people is likely to be bequeathed to future generations, rather than spent.
The court made it plain that a will is a contract between a bequeather (donor) and the bequeathed (benefactor) that the latter would receive and accept the former's legacy after that person's death.
The late owner, Sarah Rubenstein, bequeathed the home to Habitat, winch officially took over the title in June.
Art collector Samuel Courtauld bequeathed the painting to Lady Aberconway in 1947.
Canadian scholars of education respond to education philosopher and theorist Huebner's 1996 essay "Challenges Bequeathed," which is itself reprinted in the volume.
I HAVE criticised Gordon Brown on numerous occasions but I accept that he is working himself to a standstill to avert the worst effects of the financial catastrophe bequeathed to us by the totally irresponsible actions of the world banking fraternity.
Those Members who chose this option will become a member of the Ben Franklin Contributors in honor of Ben Franklin a member of the San Francisco Bromeliad Society who bequeathed a large amount of his estate to BSI in 2007.
In 1897 Robert Richardson Dees bequeathed land to the Wallsend Corporation for the creation of a public park.
The defender - whose 'Humorous Westphalian' theme song made him something of a cult hero at the Cottage - bequeathed some unusual gifts to his former team-mates before his loan move to Ipswich.