be·queath /bi-'kwēth, -'kwēt̲h̲/ vt [Old English becwethan to speak to, address, leave by will, from be- to, about + cwethan to say]: to give by will
— used esp. of personal property but sometimes of real property; see also legacy, legatee compare devise

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

I verb administer to, afford, allow, assign dower, bestow upon, cede, change hands, contribute, deliver to, demise, devise, devolve upon, dispense, dispose of, distribute, donate, endow with, enfeoff, furnish, give, give away at death, give by will, grant, hand down, hand on, hand over to, interchange, invest, leave, leave a legacy, leave by will, leave to, make a bequest, make a present of, make legacies, pass on to, pass over to, provide, put in possession, remit, render, transfer ownership, vest in, will to associated concepts: bequest foreign phrases:
- Da tua dum tua sunt, post mortem tunc tua non sunt. — Give that which is yours while it is yours, after death it is not yours.
II index abalienate, bestow, cede, contribute (supply), convey (transfer), demise, descend, devise (give), devolve, endow, give (grant), grant (transfer formally), leave (give), pass (advance), present (make a gift), transfer

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

To leave a gift of personal property to someone by a will. See also bequest, devise

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.

To leave personal property through a will. Compare: devise
Category: Wills, Trusts & Estates → Estates, Executors & Probate Court
Category: Wills, Trusts & Estates → Wills

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

1 To give a gift of personal property by means of a will.
See also devise.
2 In some states, to give a gift of any type of property by means of a will.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

To dispose of personal property owned by a decedent at the time of death as a gift under the provisions of the decedent's will.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.

To dispose of personal property owned by a decedent at the time of death as a gift under the provisions of the decedent's will.
II To give a gift to someone through a will.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

   1) v. to give personal property under provisions of a will (as distinct from "devise," which is to give real estate).
   2) the act of giving any asset by the terms of a will.
   See also: bequest, will

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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