WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
in•her•it /ɪnˈhɛrɪt/USA pronunciation v. 
  1. to take or receive (property, etc.) that is left to one after the death of someone or by someone's will, as an heir: [+ object]hopes to inherit her father's business.[no object]On his death, will she inherit?
  2. [+ object] to receive from a past situation or from someone who has gone before:inherited many of the problems of the previous administration.
  3. [+ object] to receive (a genetic trait, etc.) from a parent or ancestor:inherited her beauty from her grandmother.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

inherit /ɪnˈhɛrɪt/ vb ( -its, -iting, -ited)
  1. to receive (property, a right, title, etc) by succession or under a will
  2. (intransitive) to succeed as heir
  3. (transitive) to possess (a characteristic) through genetic transmission
  4. (transitive) to receive (a position, attitude, property, etc) from a predecessor
Etymology: 14th Century: from Old French enheriter, from Late Latin inhērēditāre to appoint an heir, from Latin hērēs heir

inˈherited adj inˈheritor n inˈheritress, inˈheritrix fem n

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