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English definition of “inherit”

inherit

verb uk   /ɪnˈher.ɪt/ us  

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.Inheriting and bequeathing

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.Innate and congenitalGeneticsGeneticsInnate and congenital

inherit verb (PROBLEM)

[T] to begin to have responsibility for a problem or situation that previously existed or belonged to another person: When I took on the job of manager, I inherited certain financial problems.Dealing with things or peopleActing and actsCoping and not copingTolerating and enduring
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