Definition of bequest noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//bɪˈkwest//
; NAmE NAmE//bɪˈkwest//
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money or property that you ask to be given to a particular person when you die He left a bequest to each of his grandchildren. Word OriginMiddle English: from be- ‘about’ + Old English cwis ‘speech’, influenced by bequeath.Extra examples The library has received a generous bequest from a local businessman. The picture was acquired by bequest in 1921. a bequest from the late Jack Dawkins a bequest to his son
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