inherit

[in-her-it]
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verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)


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 for inheriting

derive, receive, acquire, obtain, succeed, accede, get

Examples from the Web for inheriting

Contemporary Examples of inheriting

Historical Examples of inheriting

  • Let there be no inheriting of rights but from such a parent.

    Scaramouche

    Rafael Sabatini

  • "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

    Ellen Glasgow

  • It struck him that his chance of inheriting was not so very obscure, after all.


British Dictionary definitions for inheriting

inherit

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 inheriting

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

inheriting in Medicine

inherit

[ĭn-hĕrĭt]

v.

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