bequest vs legacy what difference

what is difference between bequest and legacy

English

Etymology 1

From Middle English biqueste, bequeste (will, testament, bequest), from be +‎ -quiste, queste (saying, utterance, testament, will, legacy), from Old English *cwist, *cwiss (saying) (compare Old English andcwiss, ġecwis, uncwisse, etc.), 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 (to bequeath). More at quoth, bequeath.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /bɪˈkwɛst/

Noun

bequest (plural bequests)

  1. The act of bequeathing or leaving by will.
  2. The transfer of property upon the owner’s death according to the will of the deceased.
  3. That which is left by will; a legacy.
  4. That which has been handed down or transmitted.
  5. A person’s inheritance; an amount of property given by will.

Synonyms

  • bequeathal
  • legacy
  • gift
  • donation

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Etymology 2

From Middle English biquesten, from the noun (see above).

Verb

bequest (third-person singular simple present bequests, present participle bequesting, simple past and past participle bequested)

  1. (transitive) To give as a bequest; bequeath.

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English

Etymology

From Middle English legacie, from Old French legacie and Medieval Latin lēgātia, from Latin lēgātum.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈlɛɡəsi/
  • (some US dialects) IPA(key): /ˈleɪɡəsi/

Noun

legacy (plural legacies)

  1. (law) Money or property bequeathed to someone in a will.
  2. Something inherited from a predecessor or the past.
    Synonym: heritage
  3. (education) The descendant of an alumnus.

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Adjective

legacy

  1. Left over from the past; no longer current.

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