Definitions for inheritɪnˈhɛr ɪt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

in•her•itɪnˈhɛr ɪt(v.t.)

  1. to take or receive (property, a right, a title, etc.) by succession or will, as an heir.

  2. to receive as if by succession from predecessors.

  3. to receive (a genetic character) by the transmission of hereditary factors.

  4. to succeed (a person) as heir.

  5. to receive as one's portion; come into possession of:

    to inherit a sister's old clothes.

  6. (v.i.)to have succession as heir.

Origin of inherit:

1275–1325; ME < MF < LL inhērēditāre to make heir

Princeton's WordNet

  1. inherit(verb)

    obtain from someone after their death

    "I inherited a castle from my French grandparents"

  2. inherit(verb)

    receive from a predecessor

    "The new chairman inherited many problems from the previous chair"

  3. inherit(verb)

    receive by genetic transmission

    "I inherited my good eyesight from my mother"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. inherit(verb)ɪnhˈɛrət

    to receive money or property from sb when they die

    We inherited the house from my mother.

  2. inheritɪnhˈɛrət

    to receive a genetic trait from a parent

    The tendency toward hair loss is inherited from your mother.

  3. inheritɪnhˈɛrət

    to be forced to deal with a situation started by sb else

    problems inherited from the previous manager


  1. inherit(Verb)

    To take possession of as a right (especially in Biblical translations).

    Your descendants will inherit the earth.

  2. inherit(Verb)

    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.

  3. inherit(Verb)

    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.

  4. inherit(Verb)

    To derive from people or conditions previously in force.

    This country has inherited an invidious class culture.

  5. inherit(Verb)

    to come into an inheritance.

    Lucky old Daniel u2013 his parents were both killed, and he's inherited.

  6. inherit(Verb)

    To derive (existing functionality) from a superclass.

    ModalWindow inherits all the properties and methods of Window.

  7. inherit(Verb)

    To derive a new class from (a superclass).

  8. Origin: enheriter, from inhereditare.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Inherit(verb)

    to take by descent from an ancestor; to take by inheritance; to take as heir on the death of an ancestor or other person to whose estate one succeeds; to receive as a right or title descendible by law from an ancestor at his decease; as, the heir inherits the land or real estate of his father; the eldest son of a nobleman inherits his father's title; the eldest son of a king inherits the crown

  2. Inherit(verb)

    to receive or take by birth; to have by nature; to derive or acquire from ancestors, as mental or physical qualities; as, he inherits a strong constitution, a tendency to disease, etc

  3. Inherit(verb)

    to come into possession of; to possess; to own; to enjoy as a possession

  4. Inherit(verb)

    to put in possession of

  5. Inherit(verb)

    to take or hold a possession, property, estate, or rights by inheritance


  1. Inherit

    Inherit is the third album by the band Free Kitten, released on May 20th, 2008. It was their first album in over ten years, the last being 1997's Sentimental Education. Dinosaur Jr.'s J Mascis appears on two songs on this album, "Surf's Up", and "Bananas".

British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'inherit' in Verbs Frequency: #784

Translations for inherit

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to receive (property etc belonging to someone who has died)

He inherited the house from his father; She inherited four thousand dollars from her father.

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