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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
in•her•it /ɪnˈhɛrɪt/USA pronunciation
v. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
- 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?
- to receive from a past situation or from someone who has gone before:[~ + object]inherited many of the problems of the previous administration.
- to receive (a genetic trait, etc.) from a parent or ancestor:[~ + object]inherited her beauty from her grandmother.
(in her′it),USA pronunciation v.t.
- to take or receive (property, a right, a title, etc.) by succession or will, as an heir:to inherit the family business.
- to receive as if by succession from predecessors:the problems the new government inherited from its predecessors.
- to receive (a genetic character) by the transmission of hereditary factors.
- to succeed (a person) as heir.
- to receive as one's portion;
come into possession of:to inherit his brother's old clothes.
- to take or receive property or the like by virtue of being heir to it.
- to receive qualities, powers, duties, etc., as by inheritance (fol. by from).
- to have succession as heir.
- Late Latin inhērēditāre to make heir. See in-3, hereditary
- Middle French enheriter
- Middle English en(h)erit(i)en 1275–1325
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
inherit /ɪnˈhɛrɪt/ vb ( -its, -iting, -ited)
Etymology: 14th Century: from Old French enheriter, from Late Latin inhērēditāre to appoint an heir, from Latin hērēs heirinˈherited adj inˈheritor n inˈheritress, inˈheritrix fem n
- to receive (property, a right, title, etc) by succession or under a will
- (intransitive) to succeed as heir
- (transitive) to possess (a characteristic) through genetic transmission
- (transitive) to receive (a position, attitude, property, etc) from a predecessor
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