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[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
Source: Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law ©1996. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. Published under license with Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.