- 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 its predecessors.
- to receive (a genetic character) 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.
Origin of 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
Word Origin for inherit
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.
- To receive a trait from one's parents by genetic transmission.