Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “inherit”

See all translations

inherit

verb uk   /ɪnˈher.ɪt/ us  

inherit verb (FROM DEAD PERSON)

C2 [I or T] to receive money, a house, etc. from someone after they have died: Who will inherit the house when he dies? All her children will inherit equally.
More examples

inherit verb (QUALITY)

C2 [T] to be born with the same physical or mental characteristics as one of your parents or grandparents: Rosie inherited her red hair from her mother.

inherit verb (PROBLEM)

[T] to begin to have responsibility for a problem or situation that previously existed or belonged to another person: When I took on the job of manager, I inherited certain financial problems.
(Definition of inherit from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of inherit?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “inherit” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

escapism

a way of avoiding an unpleasant or boring life, especially by thinking, reading, etc. about more exciting but impossible activities

Word of the Day

Lies, lies, lies!

by Kate Woodford,
February 25, 2015
​​​ According to sociologists (=people who study the relationships between people living in groups), we are good at lying. As a species, we have developed a remarkable ability to deceive each other (= persuade each other that something false is true). Being able to say things that are not true can help with

Read More 

showrooming noun

February 23, 2015
the activity of examining a product in a physical store and then making the purchase with an online retailer Amazon’s new smartphone is specifically designed to make showrooming fast and easy.

Read More