inherit Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary Cambridge dictionaries logo
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Meaning of “inherit” in the English Dictionary

"inherit" in British English

See all translations

inheritverb

uk   /ɪnˈher.ɪt/  us   /ɪnˈher.ɪt/
  • 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.

expend iconexpend iconMore 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.
(Definition of inherit from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"inherit" in American English

See all translations

inheritverb [T]

 us   /ɪnˈher·ət/
to receive money, 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 (= chemical patterns).
(Definition of inherit from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"inherit" in Business English

See all translations

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 revenue shortfall when he took over the department.inherit sth from sb/sth When he took office, he inherited a deficit budget from the previous administration.
(Definition of inherit from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of inherit?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

“inherit” in Business English

A blazing row: words and phrases for arguing and arguments
A blazing row: words and phrases for arguing and arguments
by ,
May 04, 2016
by Kate Woodford We can’t always focus on the positive! This week, we’re looking at the language that is used to refer to arguing and arguments, and the differences in meaning between the various words and phrases. There are several words that suggest that people are arguing about something that is not important. (As you might

Read More 

Word of the Day

galaxy

one of the independent groups of stars in the universe

Word of the Day

trigger warning noun
trigger warning noun
May 02, 2016
a warning that a subject may trigger unpleasant emotions or memories This is not, I should stress, an argument that trigger warnings should become commonplace on campus.

Read More