bequest bequest  /bɪ ˈkwɛst/


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


  1. The estate tax is turning out to be a real dampener and many are turning down bequest received from undisclosed and anonymous sources.
  2. There seems to be a perceptible move of the rich donors toward bequests to charitable institutions and green projects.
  3. Just who left behind an endowment for the public benefit and a bequest for the Dumb and Deaf Institute is a matter of great debate.


  1. Auction of Elwin West property nets $312,000 for Spring Arbor Township

    Spring Arbor Township will realize a little more than $312,000 from the bequest and property left by Elwin F. West.That was the gist of a report Supervisor Marston Fortress gave to the township board Monday. West, who lived in a...
    on June 12, 2013     Source: The Jackson Citizen Patriot

  2. Karen Heller: Despite huge bequest, Girard College in dire straits

    When Stephen Girard died in 1831, he was the richest man in America. He left his $7.5 million fortune for a boarding school to educate indigent boys. The bequest was the equivalent of almost $100 billion today.
    on June 12, 2013     Source: The Philadelphia Inquirer


  1. "He was passionate about Shakespeare and attended many performances," Terry Hands told the AP in 1982 when he was joint artistic director of the company. "We are honored by his bequest."
    on Nov 26, 2008 By: Terry Hands Source:

  2. "Allah commended to us that when death approaches any of us that we make a bequest to parents and next of kin and to Muslims as a whole," he wrote, according to a copy of the will that surfaced later and is regarded as authentic.
    on Jul 3, 2010 By: Osama bin Laden Source: Firedoglake (blog)

  3. "Simon Sainsbury was one of the great arts patrons of his generation," Serota told reporters at Tate Britain, one of Tate's galleries in London. "The bequest was discussed with Simon in the mid-1990s ...... (and) Simon, through those...
    on Oct 29, 2007 By: Nicholas Serota Source: Reuters UK

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