Bequest

  • 1 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

  • 2 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… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 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

  • 4 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

  • 5 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

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

    English terms dictionary

  • 7 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

  • 8 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 …

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  • 9 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

  • 10 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

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

    Collocations dictionary

  • 12 bequest — n. 1) to make a bequest 2) a bequest to * * * [bɪ kwest] a bequest to to make a bequest …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 13 bequest — UK [bɪˈkwest] / US noun [countable] Word forms bequest : singular bequest plural bequests formal money or property that you give to someone after you die by making a legal document called a will make someone/something a bequest: He made the… …

    English dictionary

  • 14 bequest — /bi kwest /, n. 1. a disposition in a will. 2. a legacy: A small bequest allowed her to live independently. [1250 1300; ME biqueste, biquyste, equiv. to bi BE + quiste will, bequest, OE cwis(se) (with excrescent t, as in BEHEST), n. deriv. of… …

    Universalium

  • 15 bequest — Property left to an heir under the terms of a will. Bloomberg Financial Dictionary * * * bequest be‧quest [bɪˈkwest] noun [countable] LAW money or property that you officially arrange for someone to have after your death, by writing it in your… …

    Financial and business terms

  • 16 bequest — be|quest [ bı kwest ] noun count FORMAL money or property that you give to someone after you die by making a legal document called a WILL: make someone/something a bequest: He made the library a bequest of $50,000 …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 17 bequest — [[t]bɪkwe̱st[/t]] bequests N COUNT A bequest is money or property which you legally leave to someone when you die. The church here was left a bequest to hire doctors who would work amongst the poor …

    English dictionary

  • 18 bequest — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) n. legacy. See giving, receiving, transfer. II (Roget s IV) n. Syn. inheritance, estate, endowment, legacy; see estate 2 , gift 1 . III (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) (VOCABULARY WORD) n. [bi KWEST]… …

    English dictionary for students

  • 19 bequest — be|quest [bıˈkwest] n [Date: 1300 1400; Origin: bequeath] formal money or property which you arrange to give to someone after your death ▪ a bequest of $5000 …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 20 bequest — noun (C) formal money or property which you arrange to give to someone after your death: a bequest of $5000 …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English