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verb inherit pronunciation in American English /ɪnˈherɪt/
Word Forms
present tense
present participleinheriting
past tenseinherited
past participleinherited
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  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] to receive property or money from someone who has died
    inherit something from someone: He inherited the business from his father.
  2. 3
    [transitive] to have responsibility for a situation that someone has started and left for you to deal with
    the road-building program we inherited from the previous administration
    1. a.
      to get something from someone who lived in your house or did your job before you
      I inherited Janine’s desk and computer.
    2. b.
      to have a belief, tradition, or way of life that you received from people who lived before you
      Many countries have inherited traditions of public service.


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