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noun [countable] American English pronunciation: legacy /ˈleɡəsi/ 
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  1. 2
    something such as a tradition or problem that exists as a result of something that happened in the past
    legacy of:

    The war left an enduring legacy of bitterness and suspicion.

    1. a.
      something that someone has achieved that continues to exist after they stop working or die

      Perhaps her most important legacy was her program of educational reform.

  2. 3
    the principle that a thing which exists as a result of something that happened in the past can later be used in a different way

    It is not too late to create a genuine Olympics legacy, but many opportunities have already been missed.

  3. 4
    [usually before a noun] still used although it is no longer the most modern or advanced, because it would be very expensive or difficult to replace

    legacy software/application/media

    UK banks have legacy systems that have been in place for decades.

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