bequest


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be·quest

 (bĭ-kwĕst′)
n.
1. Law The act of giving or leaving personal property by a will.
2. Something that is bequeathed; a legacy.

[Middle English biquest (influenced by biquethen, to bequeath) : bi-, be- + quist, will (from Old English -cwis, as in andcwis, answer; see gwet- in Indo-European roots).]

bequest

(bɪˈkwɛst)
n
1.
a. the act of bequeathing
b. something that is bequeathed
2. (Law) law a gift of property by will, esp personal property. Compare devise4, devise5
[C14: be- + Old English -cwiss degree; see bequeath]

be•quest

(bɪˈkwɛst)

n.
1. the act of bequeathing.
2. legacy.
[1250–1300; Middle English biqueste, biquyste]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.bequest - (law) a gift of personal property by will
law, jurisprudence - the collection of rules imposed by authority; "civilization presupposes respect for the law"; "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"
inheritance, heritage - that which is inherited; a title or property or estate that passes by law to the heir on the death of the owner
gift - something acquired without compensation

bequest

noun legacy, gift, settlement, heritage, trust, endowment, estate, inheritance, dower, bestowal Only one in eight leaves a bequest to charity.
Translations
وَصِيَّةُ إرث
dědictvíodkaz
arv
hagyaték
arfleiîslugjöf

bequest

[bɪˈkwest] Nlegado m

bequest

[bɪˈkwɛst] n (= legacy) → legs m

bequest

n (= act of bequeathing)Vermachen nt (→ to an +acc); (= legacy)Nachlass m

bequest

[bɪˈkwɛst] nlascito

bequeath

(biˈkwiːð) verb
to leave (personal belongings) by will. She bequeathed her art collection to the town.
bequest (biˈkwest) noun
something bequeathed in a will. I received a bequest in my uncle's will.
References in classic literature ?
He was neither so unjust, nor so ungrateful, as to leave his estate from his nephew;--but he left it to him on such terms as destroyed half the value of the bequest.
Besides, the words Legacy, Bequest, go side by side with the words, Death, Funeral.
And, in making this bequest, I wi sh to place it on record that I am not only expressing my own sense of Madame Lecompte's attachment and fidelity in the capacity of my housekeeper, but that I also believe myself to be executing the intentions of my deceased father, who, but for the circumstance of his dying intestate, would have left Madame Lecompte, in his will, the same token of grateful regard for her services which I now leave her in mine.
Peggotty derived a steady, though certainly a very moderate income from the bequest of his late brother-in-law, I promised to do so.
The fifth sharer in Edmond's bequest, was his own father.
There was just such an informality in the terms of the bequest as to give me no hope from law.
They seemed to imply that the bequest would be accompanied with a command that the articles bequeathed should remain concealed from every inquisitive eye and that I was very much mistaken if I thought she was the person to depart from an injunction so solemn.
The term he used was odd, for it was 'bequeathed,' but no such bequest of Mesmer was ever made known.
TO THE RED-HEADED LEAGUE: On account of the bequest of the late Ezekiah Hopkins, of Lebanon, Pennsylvania, U.
It was well worth adding to the poet's great bequest to English literature.
I could ascertain nothing in relation to it, except that the bequest was accompanied by some cynical remarks, to the effect that the testator would feel happy if his legacy were instrumental in reviving the dormant interest of only one member of Doctor Softly's family in the fortunes of the hopeful young gentleman who had run away from home.
At the end of a year he would be free to return to the cloisters, for such had been his father's bequest.