What does bequest mean?

Definitions for bequestbɪˈkwɛst

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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".

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Bequest

    be-kwest′, n. act of bequeathing: that which is bequeathed, a legacy. [M. E. bi-queste—A.S. bi'-cwiss; bi'-, a form of pfx. be-, qithan, to say. See Quoth.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of bequest in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of bequest in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Ralph Waldo Emerson:

    It is commonly observed that a sudden wealth, like a prize drawn in a lottery or a large bequest to a poor family, does not permanently enrich. They have served no apprenticeship to wealth, and with the rapid wealth come rapid claims which they do not know how to deny, and the treasure is quickly dissipated.

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