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Definition of inherit verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they inherit
    he / she / it inherits
    past simple inherited
    -ing form inheriting
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  1. 1[transitive, intransitive] inherit (something) (from somebody) to receive money, property, etc. from someone when they die She inherited a fortune from her father. He will inherit the title on the death of his uncle. compare disinherit
  2. 2[transitive] inherit something (from somebody) to have qualities, physical features, etc. that are similar to those of your parents, grandparents, etc. He has inherited his mother's patience. She inherited a passion for music from her grandfather. an inherited disease
  3. 3[transitive] inherit something (from somebody) if you inherit a particular situation from someone, you are now responsible for dealing with it, especially because you have replaced that person in their job policies inherited from the previous administration I inherited a number of problems from my predecessor.
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