- the act of bequeathing
- anything bequeathed
Origin of bequestMiddle English biquest ; from be-, be- + Old English -quiss, a saying ; from cwethan, to speak (see quoth); -t is unhistoric
- Law The act of giving or leaving personal property by a will.
- Something that is bequeathed; a legacy.
Origin of bequestMiddle 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).
(third-person singular simple present bequests, present participle bequesting, simple past and past participle bequested)
- To give as a bequest; bequeath.
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.
bequest - Investment & Finance Definition
The act of giving assets such as cash, property, cars, or stocks to a beneficiary through a will.
bequest - Legal Definition
- A gift of personal property (usually other than money) by means of a will. Also, any personal property given by means of a will. See also devise and legacy.
- In a broader sense, any gift of property by means of a will. Also, any property given by means of a will, including a devise or a legacy.