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



    BrE BrE//ˈleɡəsi//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈleɡəsi//
    (pl. legacies)
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  1. 1money or property that is given to you by somebody when they die synonym inheritance They each received a legacy of $5 000.
  2. 2a situation that exists now because of events, actions, etc. that took place in the past Future generations will be left with a legacy of pollution and destruction. The problems were made worse by the legacy of centuries of neglect.
  3. Word Originlate Middle English (also denoting the function or office of a deputy, especially a papal legate): from Old French legacie, from medieval Latin legatia ‘legateship’, from legatus ‘person delegated’, past participle of legare ‘depute, delegate, bequeath’.Extra examples His influence on younger musicians is perhaps his greatest legacy. She is the heir to a legacy of £1 million. She left her the money in a legacy. She said she would continue her father’s legacy. Such attitudes are a legacy from colonial times. These problems have arisen as a result of historical legacies. a great legacy of technical innovation a legacy from my old teacher the enduring legacy bequeathed by the war years They each received a legacy of £5 000.
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