Definition of “inherit” - English Dictionary

“inherit” in British English

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inheritverb

uk /ɪnˈher.ɪt/ us /ɪnˈher.ɪt/

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.

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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.

(Definition of “inherit” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“inherit” in American English

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inheritverb [ T ]

us /ɪnˈher·ət/

to receive money, property, or possessions from someone after the person has died:

Who will inherit the house when he dies?

biology To inherit particular characteristics is to receive them from the parents through the genes (= chemical patterns).

(Definition of “inherit” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

“inherit” in Business English

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inheritverb

uk /ɪnˈherɪt/ us

[ I or T ] LAW, PROPERTY to receive money, property, or assets from someone who has died:

All her children stand to inherit equally.
inherit sth from sb She inherited a fortune from her father when he died.

[ T ] if you inherit a situation, problem, department, etc., you become responsible for dealing with it or managing it:

The report showed that he inherited a $5.6 million revenue shortfall when he took over the department.
inherit sth from sb/sth When he took office, he inherited a deficit budget from the previous administration.

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