Meaning of “legacy” in the English Dictionary

"legacy" in British English

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legacynoun [ C ]

uk /ˈleɡ.ə.si/ us /ˈleɡ.ə.si/

C2 money or property that you receive from someone after they die:

An elderly cousin had left her a small legacy.

C2 something that is a part of your history or that remains from an earlier time:

The Greeks have a rich legacy of literature.
The war has left a legacy of hatred.

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(Definition of “legacy” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"legacy" in American English

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legacynoun [ C ]

us /ˈleɡ·ə·si/

something that is a result of events in the past:

the bitter legacy of a civil war

A legacy is also money or property left to a person by someone who has died.

(Definition of “legacy” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"legacy" in Business English

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legacynoun [ C ]

uk /ˈleɡəsi/ us plural legacies

a situation that has developed as a result of past actions and decisions:

legacy of sth The policies of the last ten years are responsible for the legacy of huge consumer debt.
The President's greatest legacy was the message he always gave that humans can improve their lives if they try.
The success of the Olympic Games left a lasting legacy of benefit to the city.

LAW money or property that a person or organization receives from someone who has died:

Many people want to leave a legacy to a charity they have supported all their lives.

legacyadjective [ before noun ]

uk /ˈleɡəsi/ us

a legacy product or system is one that is no longer available to buy or no longer used very often, but that is still used by some people or companies:

(Definition of “legacy” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)