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bequest

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noun be·quest \bi-ˈkwest, bē-\

Simple Definition of bequest

  • : the property or money that you promise in your will to give to another person or organization after you die

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of bequest

  1. 1 :  the act of bequeathing

  2. 2 :  something bequeathed :  legacy

Examples of bequest in a sentence

  1. He made a bequest of his paintings to the museum.

  2. <left small bequests to all of her nieces and nephews>



Origin and Etymology of bequest

Middle English, irregular from bequethen


First Known Use: 14th century


BEQUEST Defined for Kids

bequest

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noun be·quest \bi-ˈkwest\

Definition of bequest for Students

  1. 1 :  the act of leaving property by means of a will

  2. 2 :  something given or left by a will




Law Dictionary

bequest

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noun be·quest \bi-ˈkwest\

Legal Definition of bequest

  1. :  an act of bequeathing; also :  something bequeathed :  legacy demonstrative bequest \di-ˈmän-strə-tiv-\ :  a bequest of a particular amount of money or property to be distributed first from one source in the estate and then from other sources to the extent that the first is insufficient general bequest :  a bequest that is to be distributed from the general assets of the estate and that is not a particular thing specific bequest \spə-ˈsi-fik-\ :  a bequest of a particular item or part of an estate or that is payable only from a specified source in the estate and not from the general assets





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