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"legacy" in British English

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legacynoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈleɡ.ə.si/
C2 money or ​property that you ​receive from someone after they ​die: An ​elderlycousin had left her a ​small legacy.C2 something that is a ​part of ​yourhistory or that ​remains from an ​earliertime: The Greeks have a ​rich legacy ofliterature. The ​war has ​left a legacy ofhatred.

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

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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 ​civilwar A legacy is also ​money or ​propertyleft 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   us   /ˈleɡəsi/ (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 ​consumerdebt. 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   us   /ˈleɡəsi/
a legacy ​product or ​system is one that is no ​longeravailable to ​buy or no ​longer used very often, but that is still used by some ​people or ​companies: legacy ​computer/​informationsystems
(Definition of legacy from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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