verb (inherits, inheriting, inherited)
- 1 [with object] Receive (money, property, or a title) as an heir at the death of the previous holder: she inherited a fortune from her fatherMore example sentences
- Often properties are inherited by several heirs.
- All other property is inherited equally among all heirs from both parents.
- This allows you to decide exactly which people will inherit any money, property or other assets when you die.
- 2Derive (a quality, characteristic, or predisposition) genetically from one’s parents or ancestors: (as adjective inherited) inherited diseasesMore example sentences
- This gives the basis for following genetically inherited traits, ranging from predisposition to certain diseases to conformation characteristics.
- Children who develop asthma have inherited a genetic predisposition to have the disease.
- The scientists examined nine genetic areas inherited from both parents.
- 3Receive or be left with (a situation, object, etc.) from a predecessor or former owner: spending commitments inherited from previous governmentsMore example sentences
- We appreciate that she has inherited a bad situation that was made worse by her predecessor.
- Was this due to the financial situation inherited from the administration before them?
- We all have aspects that we don't much like: either inherited from the previous owner, or mistakes that we have made ourselves.
- 3.1North American Come into possession of (belongings) from someone else: she inherits all her clothes from her older sistersMore example sentences
- I'm not against buying second hand clothes, nor inheriting from other people.
- Our son even inherited Thomas' outgrown clothes.
- 3.2 • archaic Come into possession of (something) as a right (especially in biblical translations and allusions): master, what must I do to inherit eternal life?More example sentences
- The promise went to Abraham's singular seed, Christ, but other people can be incorporated into Christ and thus inherit the biblical promises to Abraham.
- This ‘other’ God allowed his only Son to die for us so that we might accept him in faith and love and inherit the gift of eternal life.
- In Matthew 25:36, Jesus says of those inheriting the kingdom of God, ‘I was in prison and you visited me.’
Middle English enherite 'receive as a right', from Old French enheriter, from late Latin inhereditare 'appoint as heir', from Latin in- 'in' + heres, hered- 'heir'.