Definitions for: Inherit

[v] obtain from someone after their death; "I inherited a castle from my French grandparents"
[v] receive by genetic transmission; "I inherited my good eyesight from my mother"
[v] receive from a predecessor; "The new chairman inherited many problems from the previous chair"

Webster (1913) Definition: In*her"it, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Inherited; p. pr. &
vb. n. Inheriting.] [OE. enheriten to inherit, to give a
heritage to, OF. enheriter to appoint as an heir, L.
inhereditare; pref. in- in + hereditare to inherit, fr. heres
heir. See Heir.]
1. (Law) To take by descent from an ancestor; to take by
inheritance; to take as heir on the death of an ancestor
or other person to whose estate one succeeds; to receive
as a right or title descendible by law from an ancestor at
his decease; as, the heir inherits the land or real estate
of his father; the eldest son of a nobleman inherits his
father's title; the eldest son of a king inherits the

2. To receive or take by birth; to have by nature; to derive
or acquire from ancestors, as mental or physical
qualities; as, he inherits a strong constitution, a
tendency to disease, etc.

Prince Harry is valiant; for the cold blood he did
naturally inherit of his father he hath . . .
manured . . . with good store of fertile sherris.

3. To come into possession of; to possess; to own; to enjoy
as a possession.

But the meek shall inherit the earth. --Ps. xxxvii.

To bury so much gold under a tree, And never after
to inherit it. --Shak.

4. To put in possession of. [R.] --Shak.

In*her"it, v. i.
To take or hold a possession, property, estate, or rights by

Thou shalt not inherit our father's house. --Judg. xi.

Synonyms: come into

See Also: acquire, get, have, receive

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