- 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 inheriting
But our democratic prejudice against origins and breeding makes us deeply skeptical even of inheriting life goals.Liam Neeson Loves Horses and Nietzsche
April 16, 2014
Speaking from his home in Tryon, N.C., Reid, 63, discussed the challenges that came with inheriting such a huge project.The Final Roar: Paul Reid on Finishing William Manchester’s Life of Churchill
November 16, 2012
He also is inheriting a shrinking staff hurt by layoffs and furloughs.USA Today Takes Digital Gamble in Hiring David Callaway as New Editor
July 16, 2012
And in much of the world laws that bar women from owning land or inheriting property keep women from accessing financial services.Hillary: Global Economy Depends on Women
Gayle Tzemach Lemmon
September 16, 2011
Which surprised even me, since I figured if there's anything Republicans ought to be good at, it's inheriting things.Karl Rove’s Gift to the Dems
June 30, 2011
Let there be no inheriting of rights but from such a parent.Scaramouche
"And which doubtless some other had calculated on inheriting," said the youth.The Fortunes Of Glencore
Charles James Lever
How, then, is he to blame mankind for inheriting "sinfulness" from their first parents?Elsie Venner
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
Nobody ever heard of inheriting anything but money when I was a girl.Virginia
It struck him that his chance of inheriting was not so very obscure, after all.Rhoda Fleming, Complete
- 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 inheriting
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.