Meaning of “inheritance” in the English Dictionary

"inheritance" in British English

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inheritancenoun [ C usually singular, U ]

uk /ɪnˈher.ɪ.təns/ us /ɪnˈher.ɪ.təns/

inheritance noun [ C usually singular, U ] (FROM DEAD PERSON)

C2 money or objects that someone gives you when they die:

The large inheritance from his aunt meant that he could buy his own boat.
At 21 she came into her inheritance (= it was given to her).

(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)

"inheritance" in Business English

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inheritancenoun [ C or U ]

uk /ɪnˈherɪtəns/ us 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 financial consultancy business.

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