Definitions for bequestbɪˈkwɛst

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. the act of bequeathing.

  2. Ref: legacy.

Origin of bequest:

1250–1300; ME biqueste,biquyste

Princeton's WordNet

  1. bequest, legacy(noun)

    (law) a gift of personal property by will


  1. bequest(Noun)

    The act of bequeathing or leaving by will.

  2. bequest(Noun)

    The transfer of property upon the owner's death according to the will of the deceased.

  3. bequest(Noun)

    That which is left by will; a legacy.

  4. bequest(Noun)

    That which has been handed down or transmitted.

  5. bequest(Noun)

    A person's inheritance; an amount of property given by will.

  6. bequest(Verb)

    To give as a bequest; bequeath.

  7. Origin: From bequeste, from be- + , from *, from kwissiz, from gʷet-. Related to andcwiss, uncwisse, bequethen. More at quoth, bequeath.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Bequest(noun)

    the act of bequeathing or leaving by will; as, a bequest of property by A. to B

  2. Bequest(noun)

    that which is left by will, esp. personal property; a legacy; also, a gift

  3. Bequest(verb)

    to bequeath, or leave as a legacy


  1. Bequest

    A bequest is the act of giving property by will. Strictly, "bequest" is used of personal property, and "devise" of real property. In legal terminology, "bequeath" is a verb form meaning "to make a bequest".

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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


something bequeathed in a will

I received a bequest in my uncle's will.

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