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 the previous administration.
to receive (a genetic character or trait) 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.
- pre·in·her·it, verb (used with object)
- re·in·her·it, verb
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How to use inherit in a sentence
And, all ad groups and keywords will inherit bidding from their parent campaign.Google might have to subsidize journalism, but not like this… | George Nguyen | February 10, 2021 | Search Engine Land
As he pointed out in his recent State of the City address, the budget he inherited is in trouble.
The psychologists who designed these tests in the early 20th century believed, incorrectly, that you inherited “intelligence” from your family and nothing you might do would change it.
Fortunately, Bush inherited his father’s sense of humor along with his two left feet.Not all presidents’ dance skills are created equal | Bonnie Berkowitz, Joanne Lee | January 21, 2021 | Washington Post
Political corruption, economic inequality and violence are organic features of American society, and they reflect the same legacies of racism that international development inherited from the Enlightenment.What Americans across the political spectrum got wrong about the attempted insurrection | Corrie Decker, Elisabeth McMahon | January 21, 2021 | Washington Post
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 | Tom Sykes | November 24, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
This demographic reality means that whoever wins the suburban vote in 2016 and beyond will inherit the political future.
Having said that, leadership is not a birth right that you inherit and it just keeps going.
It makes sense only in cultural contexts in which women breed and men inherit.
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 | THE DAILY BEAST
And as a flood hath watered the earth; so shall his wrath inherit the nations, that have not sought after him.The Bible, Douay-Rheims Version | Various
They inherit from father to children, or by blood, and do not recognize one as greater than the other.
He will say, "Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world."The Ordinance of Covenanting | John Cunningham
I have made pilgrimages and given gifts,—but there is no one to inherit my name and the traditions of my race.The Dragon Painter | Mary McNeil Fenollosa
He knew he was next-of-kin to old Charles Faversham, and would naturally think he would inherit his wealth.The Everlasting Arms | Joseph Hocking
British Dictionary definitions for inherit
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
- inherited, adjective
- inheritor, noun
- inheritress or inheritrix, fem n
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