from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To receive (property or a title, for example) from an ancestor by legal succession or will.
- transitive v. To receive by bequest or as a legacy.
- transitive v. To receive or take over from a predecessor: The new administration inherited the economic problems of the last four years.
- transitive v. Biology To receive (a characteristic) from one's parents by genetic transmission.
- transitive v. To gain (something) as one's right or portion.
- intransitive v. To hold or take possession of an inheritance.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To take possession of as a right (especially in Biblical translations).
- v. To receive (property or a title etc), by legal succession or bequest after the previous owner's death.
- v. (biology) To receive a characteristic from one's ancestors by genetic transmission.
- v. To derive from people or conditions previously in force.
- v. to come into an inheritance.
- v. To derive (existing functionality) from a superclass.
- v. To derive a new class from (a superclass).
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. To take or hold a possession, property, estate, or rights by inheritance.
- transitive v. 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
- transitive v. 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
- transitive v. To come into possession of; to possess; to own; to enjoy as a possession.
- transitive v. To put in possession of.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In law, to take by descent from an ancestor; get by succession, as the representative of the former possessor; receive as a right or title descendible by law from an ancestor at his decease: as, the eldest son of a nobleman inherits his father's title.
- To receive from one's progenitors as part of one's physical or mental constitution; possess intrinsically through descent.
- To receive by transmission in any way; have imparted to or conferred upon; acquire from any source.
- To succeed by inheritance.
- To put in possession; seize: with of.
- To be vested with a right to a thing (specifically to real property) by operation of law, as successor in interest on the death of the former owner; have succession as heir: sometimes with to.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. receive from a predecessor
- v. obtain from someone after their death
- v. receive by genetic transmission
Excepting the wrong use of the term inherit, we were not prepared to dispute the old gentleman's ideas respecting the origin of his disease.
What can we do to ensure that the America our children inherit is better in the future?
In the context of what it means to be an American today, we must examine the values that we inherit from the pioneers and frontiersmen, and how they relate to the future of our nation in the world.
Over time they may be able to change the facts as they are ... but what they will inherit is the real world of the right now.
For many want-to-be retirees, whether to set aside money for the children to inherit is a tough question.
The Constitution we are likely to inherit from a second Bush Administration will be a bit like the famous New Yorker cartoon of the New Yorker's vision of the World, with the Commander-in-Chief Clause dominating the page in powerful, large letters, and the rest of the Constitutional text shrinking away into tiny, barely readable prose.
If it becomes necessary to wear thread-level III vests on Demonstrations our Democracies reflect exactly this outlook into the future these young people think they will inherit from the Greek government.
I wouldn't compare it to Gerry and the Pacemakers, who "inherit" - on the far side of the stage - Berry's
The new idea: the rival must break up the conglomerate he is about to inherit, which is poised to control half the world's energy and become, as one character puts it, "a new superpower."
But actually, what it says is I'll have the lawyer come to the hospital to be sure you inherit, which is a very different thing.