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English definition of “inherit”

inherit

verb [T]
 
 
/ɪnˈherɪt/
FROM DEAD PERSON to receive possessions or money from someone who has died: In 1842 he inherited a small estate near Liverpool.Inheriting and bequeathing
QUALITY to have the same physical or mental characteristics as one of your parents or grandparents: Miranda has inherited her father's red hair.GeneticsInnate and congenitalInnate and congenitalGenetics
PROBLEM If you inherit a problem, situation, or belief, it is passed on to you by someone who had it before: The mayor will inherit a city hopelessly in debt.Getting, receiving and acceptingCapturing or taking possession of things
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