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"inheritance" in British English

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inheritancenoun [C usually singular, U]

uk   us   /ɪnˈher.ɪ.təns/
C2 money or ​objects that someone gives you when they ​die: The ​large inheritance from his ​auntmeant that he could ​buy his own ​boat. At 21 she came into her inheritance (= it was given to her).
a ​physical or ​mentalcharacteristicinherited from ​yourparents, or the ​process by which this ​happens: genetic inheritance A ​particulargene is ​responsible for the inheritance of ​eyecolour.
(Definition of inheritance from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"inheritance" in American English

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inheritancenoun [C/U]

 us   /ɪnˈher·ɪ·t̬əns/
money, ​land, or possessions ​received from someone after the ​person has ​died biology Inheritance also ​means the ​particular characteristics ​received from ​parents through the ​genes.
(Definition of inheritance from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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inheritancenoun [C or U]

uk   us   /ɪnˈherɪtəns/ LAW, PROPERTY
the ​money, ​property, or ​assets that someone receives from a ​person who has died: spend/invest your inheritance She ​invested her inheritance in setting up her own ​financialconsultancybusiness.
(Definition of inheritance from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “inheritance”
in Chinese (Simplified) 继承, 继承的遗产…
in Turkish miras, kalıt, veraset…
in Russian наследство…
in Chinese (Traditional) 繼承, 繼承的遺產…
in Polish spadek…
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