Inherit

Definition of Inherit

In`her´it
v. t.1.
[imp. & p. p. Inherited; p. pr. & vb. n. Inheriting.]
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 crown.
2.To receive or take by birth; to have by nature; to derive or acquire from ancestors, as mental or physical qualities, genes, or genetic traits; as, he inherits a strong constitution, a tendency to disease, etc.; to inherit hemophilia
Prince Harry is valiant; for the cold blood he did naturally inherit of his father he hath . . . manured . . . with good store of fertile sherris.
- Shak.
3.To come into possession of; to possess; to own; to enjoy as a possession.
But the meek shall inherit the earth.
- Ps. xxxvii. 11.
To bury so much gold under a tree,
And never after to inherit it.
- Shak.
4.To put in possession of.
v. i.1.To take or hold a possession, property, estate, or rights by inheritance.
Thou shalt not inherit our father's house.
- Judg. xi. 2.

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