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bequest

[bih-kwest]
noun
1.
a disposition in a will.
2.
a legacy: A small bequest allowed her to live independently.

Origin:
1250–1300; Middle English biqueste, biquyste, equivalent to bi- be- + quiste will, bequest, Old English -cwis(se) (with excrescent t, as in behest), noun derivative of cwethan to say; on the model of bequethen bequeath

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bequest (bɪˈkwɛst)
 
n
1.  a.  the act of bequeathing
 b.  something that is bequeathed
2.  law devise Compare devise a gift of property by will, esp personal property
 
[C14: be- + Old English -cwiss degree; see bequeath]

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bequest
c.1300, "act of bequeathing," from be- + *cwis, *cwiss "saying" (related to quoth; from P.Gmc. *kwessiz), with excrescent -t. Meaning "that which is bequeathed" is recorded from late 15c
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