Complete Definition of "inherit"

English

Etymology
OF. term|enheriter, from LL. term|inhereditare||make heir.

Pronunciation
IPA|/ɪn'hɛrɪt/
:Rhymes: Rhymes:English:-ɛrɪt|-ɛrɪt

Verb
en-verb

  1. transitive To take possession of as a right (especially in Biblical translations)

#:Your descendants will inherit the earth.

  1. transitive To receive (property or a title etc), by legal succession or bequest after the previous owner's death

#:After Grandad died, I inherited the house.

  1. transitive biology To receive a characteristic from one's ancestors by genetic transmission

#:Let's hope the baby inherits his mother's looks and his father's intelligence.

  1. transitive To derive from people or conditions previously in force

#:This country has inherited an invidious class culture.

  1. intransitive to come into an inheritance

#:Lucky old Daniel – his parents were both killed, and he's inherited.

Derived terms
inheritable
inheritance
inherited
inheritor

Translations
trans-top|to receive property or a title by legal succession etc.
Chinese: 繼承, 继承
CJKV Characters: 承
Czech: zdědit
Dutch: erven
Finnish: periä
French: hériter
German: übernehmen, erben
Greek: κληρονομήσει
Italian: ereditare
trans-mid
Japanese: 受継ぐ
Norwegian: arve
Portuguese: herdar
Russian: унаследовать
Spanish: heredar
Swedish: ärva
trans-bottom

trans-top|to receive a characteristic by genetic transmission
Czech: zdědit
German: erben
trans-mid
Norwegian: arve
Swedish: ärva
trans-bottom

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