bequest

noun be·quest \ bi-ˈkwest , bē- \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of bequest

1 :the act of giving or leaving something by will (see 2will 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

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

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

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Origin and Etymology of bequest

Middle English, irregular from bequethen

bequest Synonyms


BEQUEST Defined for English Language Learners

bequest

noun

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

bequest

noun be·quest \ bi-ˈkwest \

Definition of bequest for Students

1 :the act of leaving property by means of a will
2 :something given or left by a will

Law Dictionary

bequest

noun be·quest \ bi-ˈkwest \

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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