Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English


English definition of “intestate”


adjective [after verb]     /ɪnˈtes.teɪt/ specialized
describes someone who has died without leaving instructions about who should receive their property : Many people die intestate because they thought they were too young to make a will.Inheriting and bequeathing
(Definition of intestate adjective from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Focus on the pronunciation of intestate

Browse related topics

You are looking at an entry to do with Inheriting & bequeathing, but you might be interested in these topics from the Trials and court cases topic area:

Definitions of “intestate” in other dictionaries

Translations of “intestate”

Word of the Day


the art and knowledge involved in preparing and eating good food

Word of the Day


Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More