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inherit

in·her·it

inherit

 
 
pronunciation:
ihn he riht
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb
features:
Word Combinations (verb)
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: inherited, inheriting, inherits
definition 1: to receive (money, property, or the like) through a will made by, or legal succession to, a person who has died; be heir to.
She inherited several million dollars upon her father's death.I inherited this watch from my uncle.
definition 2: to receive (a characteristic) by genetic transmission through a parent.
She inherited her blue eyes from her mother's side of the family.He inherited the disease from his father.
definition 3: to receive (something) from or as if from a predecessor.
The new president inherited the problems that arose under the former administration.She inherited the previous tenant's dreadful wallpaper.
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition 1: to receive property or succeed to a position or title as an heir, or have the right to do so.
He inherits when he becomes twenty.
definition 2: to receive characteristics, authority, duties, or the like from a forebear or predecessor.
similar words:
descend
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derivations: inheritable (adj.), inheritability (n.), inheritor (n.)