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 WebBut what kind of world are these young people going to inherit?—David Boynton, Fortune, 25 Jan. 2023 Distributions to beneficiaries who inherit a Roth IRA also are tax free.—Bob Carlson, Forbes, 25 Jan. 2023 Towards the close of her address, Queen Margrethe spoke about the joy her grandchildren bring her and the big year ahead for Prince Christian, who will inherit the Danish throne one day.—Janine Henni, Peoplemag, 3 Jan. 2023 Under changes made in 2019, non-spousal beneficiaries — meaning children who are over the age of 18 — who inherit retirement accounts have to empty them within 10 years after the original accountholder dies (for deaths after 2019).—Bloomberg News, oregonlive, 1 Jan. 2023 Who should rightfully inherit the throne of the legendary King Shaka Zulu?—John Eligon, New York Times, 16 Aug. 2022 The owner, Dean Wiltshire, commented that one day our kids will inherit the trailer.—Whitney Spivey, Outside Online, 18 Jan. 2023 Warren Buffett, who has long pledged to donate more than 99% of his wealth to charitable causes, has also said his children will inherit little of his fortune, which Bloomberg now pegs at $111 billion.—Megan Cerullo, CBS News, 17 Jan. 2023 The daughters will now inherit the mansion and its grounds, Elvis Presley Enterprises confirmed.—Debra Kamin, BostonGlobe.com, 14 Jan. 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