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v. in·her·it·ed, in·her·it·ing, in·her·its
1. Law
a. To take (property) by law of descent from an intestate owner.
b. To receive (property) by will; receive by bequest or devise.
2. To receive or take over from a predecessor: The new administration inherited the economic problems of the last four years.
3. Biology To receive (a characteristic) from a parent or ancestor by genetic transmission.
4. To gain (something) as one's right or portion: "A certain lawyer stood up, and tempted him, saying, Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?" (King James Bible).
To hold or take possession of an inheritance.

[Middle English enheriten, from Old French enheriter, to make heir to, from Late Latin inhērēditāre, to inherit : Latin in-, in; see in-2 + Late Latin hērēditāre, to inherit (from Latin hērēs, hērēd-, heir; see ghē- in Indo-European roots).]

in·her′i·tor n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.inheriting - having the legal right to inherit
heritable, inheritable - capable of being inherited; "inheritable traits such as eye color"; "an inheritable title"
References in classic literature ?
She is poor, and may naturally seek an alliance which must be advantageous to herself; you know your own rights, and that it is out of my power to prevent your inheriting the family estate.
The former of these, the immense wealth of which the captain supposed Mr Allworthy possessed, and which he thought himself sure of inheriting, promised very effectually to supply; and the latter, the soundness of his own constitution, and his time of life, which was only what is called middle-age, removed all apprehension of his not living to accomplish.
But even inheriting a gene doesn't mean you'll get cancer, it just means you have an increased risk of developing certain types of cancer.
In Russia where oil has produced countless billionaires since the collapse of communism, inheriting vast sums of money is far rarer: a mere 1.
The beneficiary inheriting the account can stretch the payout and taxation of those IRA funds over their remaining life expectancy if desired.
Inheriting the balance of a retirement account has become a much more common occurrence in recent years--meaning that clients increasingly have questions as to what, exactly, they can do with these funds in order to maximize their tax savings potential in future years.