June 18, 2021

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Word of the Day: bequeath

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: leave or give by will after one’s death

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The word bequeath has appeared in seven articles on NYTimes.com in the past year, including on Oct. 7 in “New England’s Forests Are Sick. They Need More Tree Doctors” by Marguerite Holloway:

In the United States, families own 35 or so percent of forests — about 263,000,000 acres — according to the Family Forest Research Center in Amherst, Mass. In Massachusetts, families own 70 percent of the forests. Much of the future of the region’s landscape is bound up in decisions these families are making about whether to protect, sell, subdivide, develop, log, or bequeath to the next generation.

“Keeping forest as forest is one of the biggest challenges. The nation is experiencing the largest shift of generational assets that the country has ever seen, the biggest shift of land ownership,” said Paul Catanzaro, an associate professor at UMass Amherst who specializes in forestry. “We are seeing landowners becoming more aware of climate change impacts and, more importantly, the role their land can play in mitigating climate change.”

Can you correctly use the word bequeath in a sentence?

Based on the definition and example provided, write a sentence using today’s Word of the Day and share it as a comment on this article. It is most important that your sentence makes sense and demonstrates that you understand the word’s definition, but we also encourage you to be creative and have fun.

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If you want a better idea of how bequeath can be used in a sentence, read these usage examples on Vocabulary.com.

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