- 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 inherited
I inherited the Arnold Family Thunder ThighsTM, which was a source of frequent teasing and distress for me as a child.You’re Never ‘Cured’ of an Eating Disorder
December 20, 2014
When Acton died in 1953, no will was found and his estate was inherited by Harold.
Beacci, who had inherited nothing from her lover, had assumed his son would make provisions for her in his will.
He inherited vast estates worth some £30m, all of which he sniffed, snorted and smoked away.The Secrets of Britain’s Wildest Aristocrats
October 20, 2014
I grew up in Cambridge, surrounded by his photographs and collages, which my father had inherited.Vogue Photographer Erwin Blumenfeld: Secrets of a Fashion Legend
September 14, 2014
His name was Cup and he too had inherited his land from a hundred other Cups who had gone before.Ancient Man
Hendrik Willem van Loon
He was of good birth, and he was the possessor of an inherited competence.Within the Law
Inherited instinct; no more public than—than being a beauty.The Bacillus of Beauty
That can only come from inherited wealth: the principle is old, very old.City of Endless Night
There was a queenliness in her beauty, which she inherited from her mother's high-born race.Henry Dunbar
M. E. Braddon
- 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 inherited
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.