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 inherit (audio) , -​ˈhe-​rə-​ \ noun
inheritress \ in-​ˈher-​ə-​trəs How to pronounce inherit (audio) , -​ˈhe-​rə-​ \ or inheritrix \ in-​ˈher-​ə-​(ˌ)triks How to pronounce inherit (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 Austin Cindric, the 22-year-old son of team president Tim Cindric, will inherit Keselowski’s ride in 2022. BostonGlobe.com, 16 July 2021 Among the wealthiest survey respondents, with incomes above $150,000 per year, 59 percent thought their children will inherit a better state, and 42 percent of those with incomes below $25,000 per year believed that as well. Deborah Sullivan Brennan, San Diego Union-Tribune, 7 July 2021 When Prince Charles becomes king, Archie and Lili will automatically inherit prince and princess titles as grandchildren of the monarch. Stephanie Petit, PEOPLE.com, 6 July 2021 If there’s no co-signer or co-borrower, someone will likely inherit the home. Dallas News, 4 July 2021 Raisi will inherit a struggling economy that has faced years of crippling U.S. sanctions after Trump unilaterally withdrew America from Tehran’s nuclear deal in 2018. Saphora Smith, NBC News, 21 June 2021 Gracie Mansion’s next occupant will inherit not just the aftermath of the pandemic lockdowns but also the tensions that arose after the murder of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer. Washington Post, 1 June 2021 Meanwhile, the new company will inherit unresolved blackouts, with more than 30,000 customers left without power in recent weeks. DÁnica Coto, Star Tribune, 1 June 2021 The new mayor will inherit a pressing homelessness crisis and the looming decommissioning of the mass shelter at Sullivan Arena. Emily Goodykoontz, Anchorage Daily News, 7 May 2021

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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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23 Jul 2021

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“Inherit.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/inherit. Accessed 4 Aug. 2021.

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inherit

verb

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.

inherit

transitive verb
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
2 : succeed

intransitive verb

: to take or hold a possession or rights by inheritance

Other Words from inherit

inheritor \ in-​ˈher-​i-​tər How to pronounce inherit (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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