in·her·it / inˈherit/ • v. (-her·it·ed, -her·it·ing) [tr.] receive (money, property, or a title) as an heir at the death of the previous holder: she inherited a fortune from her father. ∎ derive (a quality, characteristic, or predisposition) genetically from one's parents or ancestors: she had inherited the beauty of her grandmother. ∎ receive or be left with (a situation, object, etc.) from a predecessor or former owner: spending commitments inherited from previous administrations. ∎ come into possession of (belongings) from someone else: she inherits all her clothes from her older sisters. ∎ archaic come into possession of (something) as a right (esp. in biblical translations and allusions): master, what must I do to inherit eternal life?DERIVATIVES: in·her·i·tor / -ˈheritər/ n.