inherit

verb
in·​her·​it | \ in-ˈher-ət How to pronounce inherit (audio) , -ˈhe-rət \
inherited; inheriting; inherits

Definition of inherit

transitive verb

1a : to receive from an ancestor as a right or title descendible by law at the ancestor's death
b : to receive as a devise or legacy
2 : to receive from a parent or ancestor by genetic transmission inherit a defective enzyme
3 : to have in turn or receive as if from an ancestor inherited the problem from his predecessor
4 : to come into possession of or receive especially as a right or divine portion and every one who has left houses or brothers or sisters … for my name's sake, will receive a hundredfold, and inherit eternal life — Matthew 19:29 (Revised Standard Version)

intransitive verb

: to take or hold a possession or rights by inheritance

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Other Words from inherit

inheritor \ in-​ˈher-​ə-​tər How to pronounce inheritor (audio) , -​ˈhe-​rə-​ \ noun
inheritress \ in-​ˈher-​ə-​trəs How to pronounce inheritress (audio) , -​ˈhe-​rə-​ \ or inheritrix \ in-​ˈher-​ə-​(ˌ)triks How to pronounce inheritrix (audio) , -​ˈhe-​rə-​ \ noun

Examples of inherit in a Sentence

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.
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Recent Examples on the Web All this infrastructure becomes an endless obligation local taxpayers inherit, regardless of its value or productivity. Charles Marohn For Cnn Business Perspectives, CNN, "Building more roads won't help fix America's economy," 2 Oct. 2020 This year Americans—mostly rich ones—will inherit $764 billion but pay an average rate of 2.1% on that money, according to a study by New York University law professor Lily Batchelder. Ben Steverman, Bloomberg.com, "Trump’s Taxes Give Biden Blueprint to Fix System Rigged for Rich," 1 Oct. 2020 Ultimately, Chatterjee channelled her fear over the future of the world her child was set to inherit into action. Elizabeth Gulino, refinery29.com, "Should We Be Bringing Children Into Our Dying World?," 26 Sep. 2020 Before pet trusts became available, a person could write in their will that a relative will inherit a pet. Richard Chin, Star Tribune, "A Minnesota law lets you provide for your pets after you've passed away," 22 Sep. 2020 Yvette Gentry, tapped to serve as interim Louisville Metro Police chief starting Oct. 1, will inherit a shrinking department facing extreme scrutiny over the March 13 police shooting of Breonna Taylor. Darcy Costello, The Courier-Journal, "Who is Yvette Gentry? What to know about Louisville's interim police chief," 7 Sep. 2020 Mohammed’s father, Crown Prince Salman, was set to inherit the throne upon Abdullah’s death. Bradley Hope, Wired, "A Saudi Prince's Attempt to Silence Critics on Twitter," 1 Sep. 2020 Suga’s background contrasts starkly with those of the many Japanese politicians who inherit their constituencies from relatives. Isabel Reynolds, Bloomberg.com, "Japan’s Parliament Elects Yoshihide Suga as New Prime Minister," 15 Sep. 2020 And once a noble married, the emphasis on monogamy meant that only legitimate offspring could inherit property. Razib Khan, National Review, "The WEIRDest People in the World," 16 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of inherit

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 4

History and Etymology for inherit

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

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The first known use of inherit was in the 14th century

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14 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Inherit.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/inherit. Accessed 19 Oct. 2020.

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More Definitions for inherit

inherit

verb
How to pronounce inherit (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of inherit

: to receive (money, property, etc.) from someone when that person dies
biology : to have (a characteristic, disease, etc.) because of the genes that you get from your parents when you are born
: to get (a personal quality, interest, etc.) because of the influence or example of your parents or other relatives

inherit

verb
in·​her·​it | \ in-ˈher-ət How to pronounce inherit (audio) \
inherited; inheriting

Kids Definition of inherit

1 : to get by legal right from a person at his or her death
2 : to get by heredity I inherited red hair.
in·​her·​it | \ in-ˈher-ət How to pronounce inherit (audio) \

Medical Definition of inherit

: to receive from a parent or ancestor by genetic transmission

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inherit

verb
in·​her·​it | \ in-ˈher-it How to pronounce inherit (audio) \

Legal Definition of inherit

transitive verb

1 : to receive (property) from an estate by operation of the laws of intestacy broadly : to receive (property) either by will or through intestate succession

intransitive verb

: to take or hold a possession or rights by inheritance

Other Words from inherit

inheritor \ in-​ˈher-​i-​tər How to pronounce inheritor (audio) \ noun

History and Etymology for inherit

Middle French enheriter to make one an heir, from Late Latin inhereditare, from Latin in- in + hereditas inheritance

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