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Meaning of “inherit” in the English Dictionary

"inherit" in British English

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inheritverb

uk   us   /ɪnˈher.ɪt/
  • inherit verb (FROM DEAD PERSON)

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

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  • inherit verb (QUALITY)

C2 [T] to be ​born with the same ​physical or ​mentalcharacteristics as one of ​yourparents or ​grandparents: Rosie inherited her ​redhair from her ​mother.
(Definition of inherit from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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inheritverb [T]

 us   /ɪnˈher·ət/
to ​receivemoney, ​property, or possessions from someone after the ​person has ​died: Who will inherit the ​house when he ​dies? biology To inherit ​particular characteristics is to ​receive them from the ​parents through the ​genes (= ​chemicalpatterns).
(Definition of inherit from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"inherit" in Business English

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inheritverb

uk   us   /ɪnˈherɪt/
[I or T] LAW, PROPERTY to receive ​money, ​property, or ​assets from someone who has died: All her children ​stand to inherit equally.inherit sth from sb She inherited a ​fortune from her father when he died.
[T] if you inherit a ​situation, problem, ​department, etc., you become ​responsible for ​dealing with it or ​managing it: The ​report showed that he inherited a $5.6 million ​revenueshortfall when he took over the ​department.inherit sth from sb/sth When he took ​office, he inherited a ​deficitbudget from the previous ​administration.
(Definition of inherit from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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