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bequeathed


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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Bequeath  \Be*queath"\  (b[-e]*kw[=e][th]"),  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p. 
  {Bequeathed};  p.  pr  &  vb  n.  {Bequeathing}.]  [OE.  biquethen 
  AS  becwe[eth]an  to  say  affirm,  bequeath;  pref.  be-  + 
  cwe[eth]an  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}. 
 
  Usage:  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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