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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 be·queath /bɪˈkwiθ, ˈkwið/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Be·queath v. t. [imp. & p. p. Bequeathed p. pr. & vb. n. Bequeathing.]
 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.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      v : leave or give by will after one's death; "My aunt bequeathed
          me all her jewelry"; "My grandfather left me his entire
          estate" [syn: will, leave] [ant: disinherit]