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Definition: Inherit

Quick Summary of Inherit

to obtain from someone after their death. Receive (money, property, or a title) as an heir at the death of the previous holder.

What is the dictionary definition of Inherit?

Dictionary Definition

To receive property from someone who has died. Traditionally, the word “inherit” applied only when one received property from a relative who died without a will. Currently, however, the word is used whenever someone receives property from the estate of a deceased person.

  1. transitive To take possession of as a right (especially in Biblical translations).
  2. transitive To receive (property or a title etc), by legal succession or bequest after the previous owner’s death.
  3. transitive, biology To receive a characteristic from one’s ancestors by genetic transmission.

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Modern Language Association (MLA):
Inherit. Payroll & Accounting Heaven Ltd. September 18, 2021
Chicago Manual of Style (CMS):
Inherit. Payroll & Accounting Heaven Ltd. (accessed: September 18, 2021).
American Psychological Association (APA):
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Definition Sources

Definitions for Inherit are sourced/syndicated and enhanced from:

  • A Dictionary of Economics (Oxford Quick Reference)
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Accounting
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Business & Management

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