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[in-her-it] /ɪnˈhɛr ɪt/
verb (used with object)
to take or receive (property, a right, a title, etc.) by succession or will, as an heir:
to inherit the family business.
to receive as if by succession from predecessors:
the problems the new government inherited from its predecessors.
to receive (a genetic character) by the transmission of hereditary factors.
to succeed (a person) as heir.
to receive as one's portion; come into possession of:
to inherit his brother's old clothes.
verb (used without object)
to take or receive property or the like by virtue of being heir to it.
to receive qualities, powers, duties, etc., as by inheritance (followed by from).
to have succession as heir.
Origin of inherit
1275-1325; Middle English en(h)erit(i)en < Middle French enheriter < Late Latin inhērēditāre to make heir. See in-3, hereditary
Related forms
half-inherited, adjective
noninherited, adjective
preinherit, verb (used with object)
quasi-inherited, adjective
reinherit, verb
uninherited, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for inherited
  • One is a rare inherited disease that primarily strikes boys.
  • The layoff article inherited by the local contracts is fairly clear.
  • If you have inherited an old tree, selective thinning of branches will accomplish the same goal.
  • For years, scientists have been reporting that a tendency to become an alcoholic can be inherited.
  • My family inherited a lot of furniture when the campus renovated.
  • Draw the symbol or symbols inherited from the corresponding round two cards.
  • inherited forms of anemia may soon be treated by turning on a gene normally active only in the womb.
  • For a composer, an inherited popular culture can serve either as a starting point or as quicksand underfoot.
  • Many sons and daughters inherited their parents' strict work ethic and went on to brighter futures far from the mill hills.
  • Genetic tests can predict how well someone will respond to a medication and diagnose inherited diseases.
British Dictionary definitions for inherited


verb -its, -iting, -ited
to receive (property, a right, title, etc) by succession or under a will
(intransitive) to succeed as heir
(transitive) to possess (a characteristic) through genetic transmission
(transitive) to receive (a position, attitude, property, etc) from a predecessor
Derived Forms
inherited, adjective
inheritor, noun
inheritress, inheritrix, noun:feminine
Word Origin
C14: from Old French enheriter, from Late Latin inhērēditāre to appoint an heir, from Latin hērēsheir
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Word Origin and History for inherited



c.1300, "to make (someone) an heir," from Old French enheriter "make heir, appoint as heir," from Late Latin inhereditare "to appoint as heir," from Latin in- "in" (see in- (2)) + hereditare "to inherit," from heres (genitive heredis) "heir" (see heredity). Sense of "receive inheritance" arose mid-14c.; original sense is retained in disinherit. Related: Inherited; inheriting.

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inherited in Medicine

inherit in·her·it (ĭn-hěr'ĭt)
v. in·her·it·ed, in·her·it·ing, in·her·its
To receive a trait from one's parents by genetic transmission.

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