inherit

[ in-her-it ]
/ ɪnˈhɛr ɪt /

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)


Nearby words

  1. inhere,
  2. inherence,
  3. inherency,
  4. inherent,
  5. inherent immunity,
  6. inheritable,
  7. inheritance,
  8. inheritance tax,
  9. inherited character,
  10. inheritor

Origin of inherit

1275–1325; Middle English en(h)erit(i)en < Middle French enheriter < Late Latin inhērēditāre to make heir. See in-3, hereditary

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British Dictionary definitions for inherit

inherit

/ (ɪnˈhɛrɪt) /

verb -its, -iting or -ited

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
Derived Formsinherited, adjectiveinheritor, nouninheritress or inheritrix, fem n

Word Origin for inherit

C14: from Old French enheriter, from Late Latin inhērēditāre to appoint an heir, from Latin hērēs heir

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Word Origin and History for inherit

inherit

v.

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.

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Medicine definitions for inherit

inherit

[ ĭn-hĕrĭt ]

v.

To receive a trait from one's parents by genetic transmission.

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