What does the word bequest mean?

Usage examples for bequest

  1. The first was a bequest to him of the cottage and all within it; the second was but a little slip on which the dying woman had written her last sad messages to him: Oh, my love! – Prisoners of Conscience by Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
  2. A bequest of money securities includes a note secured by mortgage. – Putnam's Handy Law Book for the Layman by Albert Sidney Bolles