Part of speech: noun

The act of bequeathing; a legacy.

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Usage examples "bequest":

  1. The French themselves had the King's Library, a vast accumulation at St. Victor's, and a rich bequest from De Thou; but the use of all this wealth of books was hampered by the most complicated restrictions. - "The Great Book-Collectors", Charles Isaac Elton and Mary Augusta Elton.
  2. 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", Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr.
  3. A bequest of money securities includes a note secured by mortgage. - "Putnam's Handy Law Book for the Layman", Albert Sidney Bolles.