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.

1275–1325; Middle English en(h)erit(i)en < Middle French enheriter < Late Latin inhērēditāre to make heir. See in-3, hereditary

half-inherited, adjective
noninherited, adjective
preinherit, verb (used with object)
quasi-inherited, adjective
reinherit, verb
uninherited, adjective Unabridged
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inherit (ɪnˈhɛrɪt)
vb , -its, -iting, -ited
1.  to receive (property, a right, title, etc) by succession or under a will
2.  (intr) to succeed as heir
3.  (tr) to possess (a characteristic) through genetic transmission
4.  (tr) to receive (a position, attitude, property, etc) from a predecessor
[C14: from Old French enheriter, from Late Latin inhērēditāre to appoint an heir, from Latin hērēsheir]
fem n
fem n

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Word Origin & History

c.1300, "to make (someone) an heir," from O.Fr. enheriter "make heir, appoint as heir," from L.L. inhereditare "to appoint as heir," from L. in- "in" + hereditare "to inherit," from heres (gen. heredis) "heir." Sense of "receive inheritance" arose mid-14c.; original sense is retained in disinherit.
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Medical Dictionary

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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Example sentences
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.
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