I. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French legat, from Latin legatus deputy, emissary, from past participle of legare to depute, send as emissary, bequeath, from leg-, lex Date: 12th century a usually official emissary • legateship noun II. transitive verb (legated; legating) Etymology: legatus, past participle of legare to bequeath Date: 15th century bequeath 1 • legator noun

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