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verb inherit pronunciation in British English /ɪnˈherɪt/
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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. 2
    [transitive] to be born with the same appearance or character as one of your parents

    The boys inherited Derek’s good looks.

  3. 3
    [transitive] to have responsibility for a situation that someone has started and left for you to deal with
    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

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