Bequest
Bequest Be*quest", n. [OE. biquest, corrupted fr. bequide; pref. be- + AS. cwide a saying, becwe[eth]an to bequeath. The ending -est is probably due to confusion with quest. See {Bequeath}, {Quest}.] 1. The act of bequeathing or leaving by will; as, a bequest of property by A. to B. [1913 Webster]

2. That which is left by will, esp. personal property; a legacy; also, a gift. [1913 Webster]


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  • bequest — be·quest /bi kwest/ n: an act of bequeathing; also: something bequeathed: legacy de·mon·stra·tive bequest /di män strə tiv /: a bequest of a particular amount of money or property to be distributed first from one source in the estate and then… …   Law dictionary

  • Bequest — Be*quest , v. t. To bequeath, or leave as a legacy. [Obs.] All I have to bequest. Gascoigne. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • bequest — (n.) c.1300, act of bequeathing, from BE (Cf. be ) + *cwis, *cwiss saying (related to QUOTH (Cf. quoth); from P.Gmc. *kwessiz; Cf. BEQUEATH (Cf. bequeath)), with excrescent t. Meaning that which is bequeathed is recorded from late 15c …   Etymology dictionary

  • bequest — [n] something given in will bequeathal, bequeathment, bestowal, devisal, devise, dower, endowment, estate, gift, heritage, inheritance, legacy, settlement, trust; concepts 318,337 …   New thesaurus

  • bequest — ► NOUN 1) the action of bequeathing. 2) something that is bequeathed …   English terms dictionary

  • bequest — [bikwest′] n. [ME biquest < be , BE + OE quiss, a saying < cwethan, to speak (see QUOTH); t is unhistoric] 1. the act of bequeathing 2. anything bequeathed …   English World dictionary

  • Bequest — A bequest is the act of giving (not the act of receiving) property by will.[1] 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. (From Old English …   Wikipedia

  • bequest — /bakwest/ A gift (transfer) by will of personal property; a legacy. Disposition of realty in will is termed devise. See also charitable bequest demonstrative bequest devise general bequest legacy …   Black's law dictionary

  • bequest — /bakwest/ A gift (transfer) by will of personal property; a legacy. Disposition of realty in will is termed devise. See also charitable bequest demonstrative bequest devise general bequest legacy …   Black's law dictionary

  • bequest — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ generous, large ▪ The library has received a generous bequest from a local businessman. ▪ charitable VERB + BEQUEST ▪ leave (sb) …   Collocations dictionary

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