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verb inherit pronunciation in British 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 programme we inherited from the previous government
    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.


a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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