Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “inherit”

inherit

verb [T] (QUALITY)    /ɪnˈher.ɪt/
C2 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.Innate and congenitalGeneticsGeneticsInnate and congenital
(Definition of inherit verb (QUALITY) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Focus on the pronunciation of inherit

Definitions of “inherit” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

beneficiary

a person or group who receives money, advantages, etc. as a result of something else

Word of the Day

Blog

Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More