Meaning of “heritage” in the English Dictionary

"heritage" in English

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heritagenoun [ U ]

uk /ˈher.ɪ.tɪdʒ/ us /ˈher.ɪ.t̬ɪdʒ/

(Definition of “heritage” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"heritage" in American English

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heritagenoun [ U ]

us /ˈher·ə·t̬ɪdʒ/

features belonging to the culture of a particular society, such as traditions, languages, or buildings, which come from the past and are still important:

(Definition of “heritage” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"heritage" in Business English

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heritagenoun [ U ]

uk /ˈherɪtɪdʒ/ us

the history, traditions, practices, etc. of a particular country, society, or company that exist from the past and continue to be important:

Their marketing strategy emphasizes the company's belief in its unique engineering heritage.

(Definition of “heritage” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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I am talking about extremely important aspects, such as the fight against the problem of forest fires, the fight to maintain our heritage and the fight to maintain nature.
Although buildings, in particular, do, in fact, form part of the cultural heritage, they are in a bad state of repair in many areas.
Indeed the point of preserving the film heritage lies in the accessibility of these archives for the needs of education, research and cultural links.
We welcome the amendments referring to the importance of preserving, researching and accessing cultural heritage, the diversity of language and culture, together with the amendments, however inadequate ...
Literature likewise plays an important part in the way it transmits our cultural heritage, increases mutual familiarity and preserves linguistic wealth and the diversity of tongues.
There has been material damage too, with considerable damage to infrastructures, with roads and bridges destroyed, fields of crops flooded and the destruction of centuries-old cultural heritage.
We have an unparalleled heritage, a unique geographical concentration of attractive and culturally diverse sites, and we rightly have a reputation for a high level of service.
All the languages in the world are part of humanity's heritage, and it is the duty of public institutions to take action to protect them.
We should not confuse intellectual works, which are common heritage, with the spirit of business, which involves turning culture into a commodity.
The digitisation and the online accessibility of our cultural heritage will benefit different sectors of activity: think of education, research, tourism and the media.