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English definition of “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
(Definition of inherit verb from the Cambridge Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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