Inherit definition

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To receive or take over from a predecessor.

The new administration inherited the economic problems of the last four years.

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To receive a characteristic from a parent or ancestor by genetic transmission.
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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.

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To take (property) by law of descent from an intestate owner.
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To gain (something) as one's right or portion.
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(biology) To receive (a characteristic) from a parent or ancestor by genetic transmission.
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To receive (property) by will; receive by bequest or devise.
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To hold or take possession of an inheritance.
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To have (certain characteristics) by heredity.
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To receive (an ancestor's property, title, etc.) by the laws of inheritance upon the ancestor's death.
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To receive (property) by bequest.
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(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.

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To derive from people or conditions previously in force.

This country has inherited an invidious class culture.

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(intransitive) To come into an inheritance.

Lucky old Daniel – his grandfather died rich, and he's inherited.

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(computing, programming) To derive (existing functionality) from a superclass.

ModalWindow inherits all the properties and methods of Window.

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(computing, programming) To derive a new class from (a superclass).
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To receive a transfer of property under intestacy laws, or as a bequest, upon the death of a relative.
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To take possession of as a right (especially in Biblical translations).

Your descendants will inherit the earth.

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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.

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(obs.) To transfer property to (an heir)
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To receive as if by inheritance from a predecessor.
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To receive an inheritance; become an heir.
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Origin of inherit

  • Middle English enheriten from Old French enheriter to make heir to from Late Latin inhērēditāre to inherit Latin in- in in–2 Late Latin hērēditāre to inherit (from Latin hērēs hērēd- heir ghē- in Indo-European roots)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Old French enheriter, from Late Latin inhereditare (“make heir”).

    From Wiktionary