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Definition of "bequest" []

  • The act of giving, leaving by will, or passing on to another. (noun)
  • Something that is bequeathed; a legacy. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "bequest" in a sentence
  • "Looking at my own situation, if I die early and leave a large bequest "by mistake," that will come when my children still need it, whereas if I live longer and the bequest is diminished, that will be after my children have had time to establish themselves."
  • "In 1936, a bequest from the estates of Maud Walker-Ames and Edwin Gardner Ames established a fund that the university uses to"
  • "Joseph Henry stated in his first annual report in 1847 in considering the role of the Institution in formally accepting the bequest of James Smithson: The bequest is for the benefit of mankind."