What does inherit mean?

Definitions for inherit
ɪnˈhɛr ɪtin·her·it

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. inheritverb

    obtain from someone after their death

    "I inherited a castle from my French grandparents"

  2. inheritverb

    receive from a predecessor

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

  3. inheritverb

    receive by genetic transmission

    "I inherited my good eyesight from my mother"


  1. Inheritverb

    To receive or take by birth; to have by nature; to derive or acquire from ancestors, as mental or physical qualities, genes, or genetic traits; as, he inherits a strong constitution, a tendency to disease, etc.; to inherit hemophilia


  1. inheritverb

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

    Your descendants will inherit the earth.

  2. inheritverb

    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. inheritverb

    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. inheritverb

    To derive from people or conditions previously in force.

    This country has inherited an invidious class culture.

  5. inheritverb

    to come into an inheritance.

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

  6. inheritverb

    To derive (existing functionality) from a superclass.

    ModalWindow inherits all the properties and methods of Window.

  7. inheritverb

    To derive a new class from (a superclass).

  8. Etymology: enheriter, from inhereditare.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Inheritverb

    Etymology: enheriter, French.

    Treason is not inherited, my lord. William Shakespeare, As you like it.

    Why, all delights are in vain; but that most vain,
    Which with pain purchas'd doth inherit pain. William Shakespeare.

    Prince Harry is valiant; for the cold blood he did naturally inherit of his father he hath, like lean, steril land, manured with excellent good store of fertile sherris. William Shakespeare, Henry IV.

    Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. Mat.

    The son can receive from him the portion of good things, and advantages of education naturally due to him, without pire, that was vested in him for the good of others; and therefore the son cannot claim or inherit it by a title, which is founded wholly on his own private good. John Locke.

    We must know how the first ruler, from whom any one claims, came by his authority, before we can know who has a right to succeed him in it, and inherit it from him. John Locke.

    Unwilling to sell an estate he had some prospect of inheriting, he formed delays. Joseph Addison, Spect. №. 198.

    He, that had wit, would think that I had none,
    To bury so much gold under a tree,
    And never after to inherit it. William Shakespeare, Titus Andronicus.


  1. inherit

    Inherit means to receive assets, properties, characteristics or genetic qualities from an ancestor, predecessor or parent through the legal process of succession or transmission by heredity. It is often in relation to receiving something upon their death, but can also apply in a more general sense to receiving something passed down.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Inheritverb

    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. Inheritverb

    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. Inheritverb

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

  4. Inheritverb

    to put in possession of

  5. Inheritverb

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

  6. Etymology: [OE. enheriten to inherit, to give a heritage to, OF. enheriter to appoint as an heir, L. inhereditare; pref. in- in + hereditare to inherit, fr. heres heir. See Heir.]


  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".

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Inherit

    in-her′it, v.t. to take as heir or by descent from an ancestor: to possess.—v.i. to enjoy, as property.—adj. Inher′itable, same as Heritable.—ns. Inher′itance, that which is or may be inherited: an estate derived from an ancestor: hereditary descent: natural gift: possession; Inher′itor, one who inherits or may inherit: an heir:—fem. Inher′itress, Inher′itrix. [O. Fr. enhériter—Low L. hereditāre, to inherit—L. in, in, heres, an heir.]

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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of inherit in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of inherit in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of inherit in a Sentence

  1. Scott Walker:

    Unlike some out there, i didn't inherit fame or fortune from my family.

  2. Michael Levine:

    The problem with dealing with someone like Joaquin El Chapo Guzman on this personal basis, where one is perceived as a ‘ friend ’ or an aid, or a business partner of sorts to El Chapo, is that you have to be prepared to inherit all Joaquin El Chapo Guzman enemies, and there are many, these are some very kill-crazy people.

  3. Eric Hoffer:

    In a time of drastic change, it is the learners who inherit the future. The learned find themselves equipped to live in a world which no longer exists.

  4. Hillary Clinton:

    I'm now the nominee of the Democratic Party. I inherit nothing from the Democratic Party, it was bankrupt, it was on the verge of insolvency, its data was mediocre to poor, non-existent, wrong. I had to inject money into it -- The Republican committee -- to keep it going.

  5. William Makepeace Thackeray:

    I would rather make my name than inherit it.

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