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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Law The act of giving or leaving personal property by a will.
  • noun Something that is bequeathed; a legacy.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To give as a bequest; bequeath.
  • noun The act of bequeathing or leaving by will.
  • noun That which is left by will; a legacy.
  • noun That which is or has been handed down or transmitted.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The act of bequeathing or leaving by will.
  • noun That which is left by will, esp. personal property; a legacy; also, a gift.
  • transitive verb obsolete To bequeath, or leave as a legacy.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The act of bequeathing or leaving by will.
  • noun The transfer of property upon the owner's death according to the will of the deceased.
  • noun That which is left by will; a legacy.
  • noun That which has been handed down or transmitted.
  • noun A person's inheritance; an amount of property given by will.
  • verb transitive To give as a bequest; bequeath.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun (law) a gift of personal property by will

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English biquest (influenced by biquethen, to bequeath) : bi-, be- + quist, will (from Old English -cwis, as in andcwis, answer; see gwet- in Indo-European roots).]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English bequeste ("will, testament, bequest"), from be- + queste ("saying, utterance"), from Old English *cwist, *cwiss, from Proto-Germanic *kwissiz (“saying”), from Proto-Indo-European *gʷet- (“to say”). Related to Old English andcwiss ("answer, reply"), Old English uncwisse ("dumb, mute"), Middle English bequethen ("bequeath"). More at quoth, bequeath.

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