- 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.
inherit definition by Webster's New World
- 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: Middle English enheriten ; from Old French enheriter ; from Late Latin inhereditare, to appoint as heir, inherit ; from Classical Latin in, in plush heres, heir
- inheritor noun
inherit definition by American Heritage Dictionary
verb in·her·it·ed, in·her·it·ing, in·her·its verb, transitive
- a. To receive (property or a title, for example) from an ancestor by legal succession or will.b. To receive by bequest or as a legacy.
- 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 one's parents by genetic transmission.
- To gain (something) as one's right or portion.
Origin: Middle 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).
- in·herˈi·tor noun
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