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Meaning of INHERIT

Pronunciation:  in'herit

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  obtain from someone after their death; "I inherited a castle from my French grandparents"
  2. [v]  receive by genetic transmission; "I inherited my good eyesight from my mother"
  3. [v]  receive from a predecessor; "The new chairman inherited many problems from the previous chair"

INHERIT is a 7 letter word that starts with I.


 Synonyms: come into
 See Also: acquire, get, have, receive



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \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}.]
    1. (Law) To take by descent from an ancestor; to take by
       inheritance; to take as heir on the death of an ancestor
       or other person to whose estate one succeeds; to receive
       as a right or title descendible by law from an ancestor at
       his decease; as, the heir inherits the land or real estate
       of his father; the eldest son of a nobleman inherits his
       father's title; the eldest son of a king inherits the
    2. To receive or take by birth; to have by nature; to derive
       or acquire from ancestors, as mental or physical
       qualities; as, he inherits a strong constitution, a
       tendency to disease, etc.
             Prince Harry is valiant; for the cold blood he did
             naturally inherit of his father he hath . . .
             manured . . . with good store of fertile sherris.
    3. To come into possession of; to possess; to own; to enjoy
       as a possession.
             But the meek shall inherit the earth. --Ps. xxxvii.
             To bury so much gold under a tree, And never after
             to inherit it.                        --Shak.
    4. To put in possession of. [R.] --Shak.
  2. \In*her"it\, v. i.
    To take or hold a possession, property, estate, or rights by
          Thou shalt not inherit our father's house. --Judg. xi.
 Definition: In genetics, to receive genetic material from parents through biological processes.