bequest

noun

be·​quest bi-ˈkwest How to pronounce bequest (audio)
bē-
1
: the act of giving or leaving something by will (see will entry 2 sense 1) : the act of bequeathing
established at the bequest of a local philanthropist
2
: something given or left by will or transmitted from the past : something bequeathed : legacy
made a bequest of his paintings to the museum

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
Recent Examples on the Web Editors’ Picks But opening a new account for the Young bequest was not an option, Ginnette Childs, a lawyer for the museum, said in response to questions. Brett Sokol, New York Times, 21 May 2024 In a remote tropical region, where tarmac is a totem of progress, no self-respecting mayor would snub such a bequest. Mac Margolis, NPR, 12 May 2024 In the past, such piecemeal bequests were customary, but there’s no guarantee that relatives will still be on good terms or even in contact years down the line. Cnn.com Wire Service, The Mercury News, 29 Mar. 2024 The bequest is the largest cash gift from an individual in the college’s history. Michael T. Nietzel, Forbes, 13 Feb. 2024 See all Example Sentences for bequest 

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Word History

Etymology

Middle English, irregular from bequethen

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of bequest was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Bequest.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bequest. Accessed 21 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

bequest

noun
be·​quest bi-ˈkwest How to pronounce bequest (audio)
1
: the action of bequeathing
2
: something given or left by a will

Legal Definition

bequest

noun
be·​quest bi-ˈkwest How to pronounce bequest (audio)
: 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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