She inherited the family business from her father.
Baldness is inherited from the mother's side of the family.
She inherited her father's deep blue eyes.
She inherited a love of baseball from her dad.
When my brother left for college, I inherited his old computer.
The company's new president will inherit some complicated legal problems.
When the coach quit, her assistant inherited a last-place team. See More
Recent Examples on the WebAfter Henry’s death, her surviving nieces inherited her fortune and allegedly faded into obscurity after running through her funds.—Smithsonian Magazine, 30 Nov. 2023 Her second son, Edward, was awarded another property, and her third son, Ted White Jr., inherited a house in Detroit.—Julia Moore, Peoplemag, 29 Nov. 2023 Ian’s widow inherited a contract that said Spinal Tap owed them one more concert.—Gil Kaufman, Billboard, 28 Nov. 2023 Getty Images Upon the Queen Mother’s death in 2002, her daughter, Queen Elizabeth II, inherited the tiara.—Elise Taylor, Vogue, 21 Nov. 2023 An illness inherited The attack, below the turrets of Bloomingdale’s rehabbed Victorian-style rowhouses, has renewed a debate about policing and the intersection of crime, homelessness and mental health treatment in the nation’s capital.—Omari Daniels, Washington Post, 21 Nov. 2023 Understanding how modern species evolved can teach plant scientists about how different traits are inherited, and how to effectively breed for them in the future.—Serina Desalvio, Discover Magazine, 18 Nov. 2023 Traditionally, the job was inherited—and gatekept Like most in the industry, Michael and Conor Cooney’s funeral home in Chicago has been passed down from one generation to the next for over 100 years.—Orianna Rosa Royle, Fortune, 18 Nov. 2023 While Olympia appears to have inherited her mom's tennis talent, the 6-year-old isn't quite as big of a fan of the game as the rest of her family.—Charna Flam, Peoplemag, 15 Nov. 2023 See More
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Middle English enheriten "to give (a person) right of inheritance, make (a person) heir, come into possession of as an heir," borrowed from Anglo-French enheriter, going back to Late Latin inhērēditāre "to appoint as heir," from Latin in-in- entry 2 + Late Latin hērēditāre "to leave as an inheritance, inherit, make an heir" — more at heritage