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inherit

[in-her-it]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to take or receive (property, a right, a title, etc.) by succession or will, as an heir: to inherit the family business.
  2. to receive as if by succession from predecessors: the problems the new government inherited from its predecessors.
  3. to receive (a genetic character) by the transmission of hereditary factors.
  4. to succeed (a person) as heir.
  5. to receive as one's portion; come into possession of: to inherit his brother's old clothes.
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verb (used without object)
  1. to take or receive property or the like by virtue of being heir to it.
  2. to receive qualities, powers, duties, etc., as by inheritance (followed by from).
  3. to have succession as heir.
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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
Related formshalf-in·her·it·ed, adjectivenon·in·her·it·ed, adjectivepre·in·her·it, verb (used with object)qua·si-in·her·it·ed, adjectivere·in·her·it, verbun·in·her·it·ed, adjective
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Related Words

rootedcongenitalgeneticinborninbredinnateconnate

Examples from the Web for inherited

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  • 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

    Marvin Dana

  • Inherited instinct; no more public than—than being a beauty.

  • That can only come from inherited wealth: the principle is old, very old.

  • There was a queenliness in her beauty, which she inherited from her mother's high-born race.

    Henry Dunbar

    M. E. Braddon


British Dictionary definitions for inherited

inherit

verb -its, -iting or -ited
  1. to receive (property, a right, title, etc) by succession or under a will
  2. (intr) to succeed as heir
  3. (tr) to possess (a characteristic) through genetic transmission
  4. (tr) to receive (a position, attitude, property, etc) from a predecessor
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Derived Formsinherited, adjectiveinheritor, nouninheritress or inheritrix, fem n

Word Origin

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 inherited

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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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

inherited in Medicine

inherit

(ĭn-hĕrĭt)
v.
  1. To receive a trait from one's parents by genetic transmission.
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