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.
come into possession of (something) as a right (esp. in biblical translations and allusions):
master, what must I do to inherit eternal life?
/ -ˈheritər/ n.
•caret • Sanskrit • Prakrit
, inherit, merit
•egret • secret
, skirret, spirit
•floret • pomfret • bowsprit
•culprit • floweret • Margaret
•hypocrite • preterite (US
, facet, tacet, tacit
•exit • resit
, elicit, explicit, illicit, implicit, licit, solicit
•Tilsit • plebiscite • babysit • deficit
•Quonset • whatsit
, Dorset, faucet
•ashet • planchet • bullshit • Bastet
•tomtit • bluetit
†make heir; take or receive as heir. XIV. ME. en(h)erite
— OF. enheriter
, f. EN-1
:- late L. hērēdītāre
, f. hērēs
, hērēd- HEIR
XIV. — AN. inheritor
To receive property according to the state laws of intestate succession from a decedent who has failed to execute a valid will, or, where the term is applied in a more general sense, to receive the property of a decedent by will.