Definition of bequest
Examples of bequest in a Sentence
He made a bequest of his paintings to the museum.
left small bequests to all of her nieces and nephews
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A slew of deductions including charitable bequests, among other loopholes, bring down the taxable value of the estate reduce the effective tax rate.
The show was organized by James Meyer, a curator at Washington, D.C.’s National Gallery of Art, where Virginia Dwan made a bequest of about 100 works from her own collection four years ago.
These Moebius strip rings were crafted and 3D-printed in metal by Shapeways at Wired’s bequest.
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Origin and Etymology of bequest
Middle English, irregular from bequethen
First Known Use: 14th century
BEQUEST Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of bequest for English Language Learners
: the property or money that you promise in your will to give to another person or organization after you die
BEQUEST Defined for Kids
Definition of bequest for Students
1 : the act of leaving property by means of a will
2 : something given or left by a will
Legal Definition of bequest
: 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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