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Definition of Inherit


  1. 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; as, he inherits a strong constitution, a tendency to disease, etc.
  3. To come into possession of; to possess; to own; to enjoy as a possession.
  4. To put in possession of.
  5. To take or hold a possession, property, estate, or rights by inheritance.

Inherit Quotations

In times of change learners inherit the earth; while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists.
Eric Hoffer

If there is anybody in this land who thoroughly believes that the meek shall inherit the earth they have not often let their presence be known.
W. E. B. Du Bois

It is the youth who must inherit the tribulation, the sorrow... that are the aftermath of war.
Herbert Hoover

Friendships are the family we make - not the one we inherit. I've always been someone to whom friendship, elective affinities, is as important as family.
Salman Rushdie

The revolution has always been in the hands of the young. The young always inherit the revolution.
Huey Newton
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Inherit Translations

inherit in Afrikaans is erf
inherit in Danish is arve
inherit in German is erben, mitschleppen, mitschleppen
inherit in Italian is ereditare
inherit in Norwegian is arve
inherit in Portuguese is herde
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