WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
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. to receive from a past situation or from someone who has gone before:[+ object]inherited many of the problems of the previous administration.
  3. to receive (a genetic trait, etc.) from a parent or ancestor:[+ object]inherited her beauty from her grandmother.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
in•her•it  (in herit),USA pronunciation v.t. 
  1. to take or receive (property, a right, a title, etc.) by succession or will, as an heir:to inherit the family business.
  2. to receive as if by succession from predecessors:the problems the new government inherited from its 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 his brother's old clothes.

v.i. 
  1. to take or receive property or the like by virtue of being heir to it.
  2. to receive qualities, powers, duties, etc., as by inheritance (fol. by from).
  3. 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)
  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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