• IPA: /ɪnˈhɛɹɪt/

inherit (inherits, present participle inheriting; past and past participle inherited)

  1. (transitive) To take possession of as a right (especially in Biblical translations).
    Your descendants will inherit the earth.
  2. (transitive) To receive (property, a title, etc.), by legal succession or bequest after the previous owner's death.
    After Grandad died, I inherited the house.
  3. (transitive, biology) To receive a characteristic from one's ancestors by genetic transmission.
    Let's hope the baby inherits his mother's looks and his father's intelligence.
  4. (transitive) To derive from people or conditions previously in force.
    This country has inherited an invidious class culture.
  5. (intransitive) To come into an inheritance.
    Lucky old Daniel – his grandfather died rich, and he's inherited.
  6. (computing, programming, transitive) To derive (existing functionality) from a superclass.
    ModalWindow inherits all the properties and methods of Window.
  7. (computing, programming, transitive) To derive a new class from (a superclass).
  8. (transitive, obsolete) To put in possession of.
Translations Translations Translations Translations
  • Portuguese: herdar
  • Russian: насле́довать

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