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inherit

[ in-her-it ]
/ ɪnˈhɛr ɪt /
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verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
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Origin of inherit

First recorded in 1275–1325; Middle English en(h)erit(i)en, from Middle French enheriter, from Late Latin inhērēditāre “to make heir”; see in-3, hereditary

OTHER WORDS FROM inherit

pre·in·her·it, verb (used with object)re·in·her·it, verb
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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 forms of inherit

inherited, 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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Medical definitions for inherit

inherit
[ ĭn-hĕrĭt ]

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