- 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 (followed by from).
- to have succession as heir.
Origin of inherit
Examples from the Web for inherit
Simon did not expect to inherit, and in a way he never really did.Drawing Room Coup at Brideshead House Forces Out Simon And Becci Howard
November 24, 2014
This demographic reality means that whoever wins the suburban vote in 2016 and beyond will inherit the political future.The Progressives’ War on Suburbia
November 16, 2014
Having said that, leadership is not a birth right that you inherit and it just keeps going.
The anti-evolutionists were as humiliated in this performance as they were in Inherit the Wind.Creationism’s Latest Trojan Horse Edges Toward Virginia Schools
Karl W. Giberson
January 19, 2014
For good and ill, they will inherit the world their elders made for them.Why Youth Is Revolting Against Obama (Hint: It’s Not Just Obamacare)
November 20, 2013
The false cannot inherit the true nor the unclean the lovely.Weighed and Wanting
No one remained to inherit their good name and little fortune.The Roof of France
They do not buy it; they do not conquer it, but they inherit it.Pax Vobiscum
Your father is not an old man; he may marry again, and have a son to inherit his wealth.
You will inherit a very good practice and a comfortable fortune.
- to receive (property, a right, title, etc) by succession or under a will
- (intr) to succeed as heir
- (tr) to possess (a characteristic) through genetic transmission
- (tr) to receive (a position, attitude, property, etc) from a predecessor
Word Origin and History for inherit
c.1300, "to make (someone) an heir," from Old French enheriter "make heir, appoint as heir," from Late Latin inhereditare "to appoint as heir," from Latin in- "in" (see in- (2)) + hereditare "to inherit," from heres (genitive heredis) "heir" (see heredity). Sense of "receive inheritance" arose mid-14c.; original sense is retained in disinherit. Related: Inherited; inheriting.
- To receive a trait from one's parents by genetic transmission.