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verb inherit pronunciation in British English /ɪnˈherɪt/
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present tense
I/you/we/theyinherit
he/she/itinherits
present participleinheriting
past tenseinherited
past participleinherited
  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.
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    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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