bequest

[ bih-kwest ]SEE DEFINITION OF bequest

EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR BEQUEST

The founding or endowing of universities and public libraries by gift or bequest.

Of Vogelwied, the Minnesinger, and his bequest to the birds.

They might enforce on them a total abolition of inheritance and bequest.'

One of the stories he had finished was "The $30,000 Bequest."

And knowing of this bequest, sir, I thought I'd bring the book down.

Amazed at such a demand from such a character, 'What bequest?'

Previously to this bequest the collection of books was small.

The Duvals seem to have taken the bequest seriously—so, why not he?

The disposal of Miss Cynthia's bequest was much discussed in the village.

Mr. Mller records the first bequest as from a dear lad who died in the faith.

WORD ORIGIN

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

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subsidies

nounmoney given to help another
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