inherit
verb Etymology: Middle English enheriten to give right of inheritance to, from Anglo-French enheriter, from Late Latin inhereditare, from Latin in- + hereditas inheritance — more at heredity Date: 14th century transitive verb 1. to come into possession of or receive especially as a right or divine portion <
and every one who has left houses or brothers or sisters…for my name's sake, will receive a hundredfold, and inherit eternal life — Matthew 19:29 (Revised Standard Version)
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2. a. to receive from an ancestor as a right or title descendible by law at the ancestor's death b. to receive as a devise or legacy 3. to receive from a parent or ancestor by genetic transmission <
inherit a defective enzyme
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4. to have in turn or receive as if from an ancestor <
inherited the problem from his predecessor
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intransitive verb to take or hold a possession or rights by inheritance • inheritor nouninheritress or inheritrix noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • inherit — in·her·it /in her it/ vb [Middle French enheriter to make one an heir, from Late Latin inhereditare, from Latin in in + hereditas inheritance] vt 1: to receive (property) from an estate by operation of the laws of intestacy; broadly: to receive… …   Law dictionary

  • inherit — in‧her‧it [ɪnˈhert] verb [transitive] 1. LAW to receive money or property from someone after they have died: • She will inherit her father s entire fortune when he dies. inherit something from somebody • We built the house on land inherited from …   Financial and business terms

  • Inherit — In*her it, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Inherited}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Inheriting}.] [OE. enheriten to inherit, to give a heritage to, OF. enheriter to appoint as an heir, L. inhereditare; pref. in in + hereditare to inherit, fr. heres heir. See {Heir}.]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Inherit — In*her it, v. i. To take or hold a possession, property, estate, or rights by inheritance. [1913 Webster] Thou shalt not inherit our father s house. Judg. xi. 2. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • inherit — (v.) c.1300, to make (someone) an heir, from O.Fr. enheriter make heir, appoint as heir, from L.L. inhereditare to appoint as heir, from L. in in (see IN (Cf. in ) (2)) + hereditare to inherit, from heres (gen. heredis) heir (see …   Etymology dictionary

  • inherit — [in her′it] vt. [ME enheriten < OFr enheriter < LL inhereditare, to appoint as heir, inherit < L in, in + heres, HEIR] 1. Obs. to transfer property to (an heir) 2. a) to receive (an ancestor s property, title, etc.) by the laws of… …   English World dictionary

  • Inherit —   [dt. »erben«], Vererbung, objektorientierte Programmierung …   Universal-Lexikon

  • inherit — [v] gain as possession from someone’s death accede, acquire, be bequeathed, be granted, be left, come in for, come into, derive, fall heir, get, obtain, receive, succeed, take over; concepts 124,317 …   New thesaurus

  • inherit — ► VERB (inherited, inheriting) 1) receive (money, property, or a title) as an heir at the death of the previous holder. 2) derive (a quality or characteristic) from one s parents or ancestors. 3) receive or be left with (a situation, object,… …   English terms dictionary

  • Inherit — To inherit something is to get it from one s ancestors through legal succession (e.g., inherit the throne ), or through a bequest (e.g., inherited money from his deceased aunt ), or from genetic transmission (e.g., inherited color blindness from… …   Wikipedia

  • inherit — [[t]ɪnhe̱rɪt[/t]] inherits, inheriting, inherited 1) VERB If you inherit money or property, you receive it from someone who has died. [V n] He has no son to inherit his land. [V n from n] ...paintings that he inherited from his father. [V ed]… …   English dictionary

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