- The definition of inherit is to receive something, such as money, an asset, or a problem or characteristic from someone else.
- An example of inherit is when your uncle dies and leaves you his boat.
- An example of inherit is when you get your mother's nose.
- An example of inherit is when you take a new position and immediately have to deal with a problem left by the person who had your job before.
- Obsolete to transfer property to (an heir)
- to receive (an ancestor's property, title, etc.) by the laws of inheritance upon the ancestor's death
- to receive (property) by bequest
- to receive as if by inheritance from a predecessor
- to have (certain characteristics) by heredity
Origin of inheritMiddle English enheriten ; from Old French enheriter ; from Late Latin inhereditare, to appoint as heir, inherit ; from Classical Latin in, in + heres, heir
verbin·her·it·ed, in·her·it·ing, in·her·its
- Law a. To take (property) by law of descent from an intestate owner.b. To receive (property) by will; receive by bequest or devise.
- To receive or take over from a predecessor: The new administration inherited the economic problems of the last four years.
- Biology To receive (a characteristic) from a parent or ancestor by genetic transmission.
- To gain (something) as one's right or portion: “A certain lawyer stood up, and tempted him, saying, Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” (King James Bible).
Origin of inheritMiddle English enheriten, from Old French enheriter, to make heir to, from Late Latin inhērēditāre, to inherit : Latin in-, in; see in–2 + Late Latin hērēditāre, to inherit (from Latin hērēs, hērēd-, heir; see ghē- in Indo-European roots).
(third-person singular simple present inherits, present participle inheriting, simple past and past participle inherited)
- To take possession of as a right (especially in Biblical translations).
- Your descendants will inherit the earth.
- To receive (property or a title etc), by legal succession or bequest after the previous owner's death.
- After Grandad died, I inherited the house.
- (biology) To receive a characteristic from one's ancestors by genetic transmission.
- Let's hope the baby inherits his mother's looks and his father's intelligence.
- To derive from people or conditions previously in force.
- This country has inherited an invidious class culture.
- (intransitive) To come into an inheritance.
- Lucky old Daniel – his grandfather died rich, and he's inherited.
- (computing, programming) To derive (existing functionality) from a superclass.
- ModalWindow inherits all the properties and methods of Window.
- (computing, programming) To derive a new class from (a superclass).
- Do not confuse with inherent.
Old French enheriter, from Late Latin inhereditare (“make heir”).
inherit - Legal Definition