• WordNet 3.6
    • v inherit obtain from someone after their death "I inherited a castle from my French grandparents"
    • v inherit receive by genetic transmission "I inherited my good eyesight from my mother"
    • v inherit receive from a predecessor "The new chairman inherited many problems from the previous chair"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In Tibet there is actually a practice called 'polyandry' where many men, usually brothers, marry a single woman. This takes place so that only one set of children will inherit the land.
    • Inherit To come into possession of; to possess; to own; to enjoy as a possession. "But the meek shall inherit the earth.""To bury so much gold under a tree,
      And never after to inherit it."
    • Inherit To put in possession of.
    • Inherit To receive or take by birth; to have by nature; to derive or acquire from ancestors, as mental or physical qualities, genes, or genetic traits; as, he inherits a strong constitution, a tendency to disease, etc.; to inherit hemophilia "Prince Harry is valiant; for the cold blood he did naturally inherit of his father he hath . . . manured . . . with good store of fertile sherris."
    • Inherit (Law) To take by descent from an ancestor; to take by inheritance; to take as heir on the death of an ancestor or other person to whose estate one succeeds; to receive as a right or title descendible by law from an ancestor at his decease; as, the heir inherits the land or real estate of his father; the eldest son of a nobleman inherits his father's title; the eldest son of a king inherits the crown.
    • v. i Inherit To take or hold a possession, property, estate, or rights by inheritance. "Thou shalt not inherit our father's house."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • inherit In law, to take by descent from an ancestor; get by succession, as the representative of the former possessor; receive as a right or title descendible by law from an ancestor at his decease: as, the eldest son of a nobleman inherits his father's title. In law it is used in contradistinction to acquiring by will; but in popular use this distinction is often disregarded.
    • inherit To receive from one's progenitors as part of one's physical or mental constitution; possess intrinsically through descent.
    • inherit To receive by transmission in any way; have imparted to or conferred upon; acquire from any source.
    • inherit To succeed by inheritance.
    • inherit To put in possession; seize: with of.
    • inherit To be vested with a right to a thing (specifically to real property) by operation of law, as successor in interest on the death of the former owner; have succession as heir: sometimes with to.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Inherit in-her′it to take as heir or by descent from an ancestor: to possess
    • v.i Inherit to enjoy, as property
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  • Abram Sacher
    Abram Sacher
    “We have inherited new difficulties because we have inherited more privileges.”
  • Native American Proverb
    Native American Proverb
    “We do not inherit the land from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “We have inherited the past; we can create the future.”
  • Benjamin Disraeli
    “The legacy of heroes is the memory of a great name and the inheritance of a great example.”
  • Orlando A. Battista
    Orlando A. Battista
    “The best inheritance a parent can give his children is a few minutes of his time each day.”
  • Ruth E. Renkel
    Ruth E. Renkel
    “Sometimes the poorest man leaves his children the richest inheritance.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. enheriten, to inherit, to give a heritage to, OF. enheriter, to appoint as an heir, L. inhereditare,; pref. in-, in + hereditare, to inherit, fr. heres, heir. See Heir


In literature:

It would expire with dignity and leave a rich inheritance of stench.
"Somehow Good" by William de Morgan
What are his talents, capacities, habits, inherited tendencies?
"What a Young Woman Ought to Know" by Mary Wood-Allen
The inheritance of eye color serves as a paradigm of the method of inheritance of any unit-character.
"Introduction to the Science of Sociology" by Robert E. Park
That a man should inherit his father's intellectual qualities is then no argument that he should also inherit his father's immorality.
"A Plea for the Criminal" by James Leslie Allan Kayll
But to be of any moment in evolutionary change a variation must be inherited.
"Mendelism" by Reginald Crundall Punnett
Hence we are led to look at inheritance as the rule, and non-inheritance as the anomaly.
"The Variation of Animals and Plants Under Domestication, Volume II (of 2)" by Charles Darwin
Again she was transported when the door was shut behind them, and they two inherited the big, pale, void place.
"The Rainbow" by D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
You can change yourself by education so that the inheritance of your children may be quite changed.
"Almost A Man" by Mary Wood-Allen
Her emotions were not hid by inherited reserve.
"Partners of the Out-Trail" by Harold Bindloss
There were too many inherited reserves in Alston.
"The Prisoner" by Alice Brown
Now still the god of this age rules, but ere long He comes "whose right it is" and claims His inheritance.
"The Lord of Glory" by Arno Gaebelein
Thus it is not alcoholism or the craving for drink which is inherited.
"The Sexual Question" by August Forel
Thus the inheritance, especially the paternal inheritance, must remain in the clan.
"The Truth About Woman" by C. Gasquoine Hartley
The kitten already knows, through inheritance, about mice.
"Ways of Nature" by John Burroughs
They also adored private idols, which each one inherited from his ancestors.
"The Philippine Islands, 1493-1898 - Volume 40 of 55" by Francisco Colin
He was growling again, and whistling a half-strangled whistle, being an inheritance from the bulldog side of his ancestry.
"Shirley" by Charlotte Brontë
There is a class of cases of inheritance, due to the XY chromosomes, that is called sex linked inheritance.
"A Critique of the Theory of Evolution" by Thomas Hunt Morgan
John thought so and struggled less to preserve his inheritance.
"Clark's Field" by Robert Herrick
The nobility, the poor nobility, is the inherited curse from ancestral pride, from slavery to the ancestral idea!
"Villa Eden:" by Berthold Auerbach
For this inheritance they waited till Christ should die.
"The Expositor's Bible: The Epistle to the Hebrews" by Thomas Charles Edwards

In poetry:

And if such be Life’s mix’d being,
Where may Peace from ruin fleeing,
Find a shelter and inherit
All the calm of her own merit?
"The Flight of Peace" by Charles Harpur
She loved the Autumn, I the Spring,
Sad all the songs she loved to sing;
And in her face was strangely set
Some great inherited regret.
"Spirit Of Sadness" by Richard Le Gallienne
Sweetest eyes, ye gracious candles,
Oh, possess my soul with blessing,
Let my spirit fly to inherit
You and your whole heaven of blisses!
"The North Sea -- First Cycle" by Heinrich Heine
More dear, as years on years advance,
We prize the old inheritance,
And feel, as far and wide we roam,
That all we seek we leave at home.
"Haverhill" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Think ye He broke His dream indeed,
And rent His deep with fearful Pow'rs,
That Man inherit fadeless bow'rs?
Desiring, He would know a need!
"The Testimony of the Suns" by George Sterling
There's one who drank at a purer fountain,
One who was washed in a purer flood:
He shall inherit a holier mountain,
He shall worship a holier God.
"On The Loss Of A Pious Friend" by John Gardiner Calkins Brainard

In news:

Sacco inherits a team coming off its worst finish since moving to Denver in 1995.
His son Nick Montana has inherited that trait.
Son's inheritance: Vintage sawdust doll worth $300.
Oklahoma Children's Theatre tackles 'Inherit the Wind,' a dramatization of the infamous Scopes Monkey Trial.
Jack Lemmon in "Inherit the Wind".
McBride recently went on stage for Kathleen M Brady in "The Voysey Inheritance" with nine hours' notice.
Traits Your Child Won't Inherit.
Originally, we thought, how awesome and easy it souded, after waiting two years for a sibling group from Ghana, this family was about to inherit four siblings younger than 10.
Twenty-five years ago Gene Locke faced a different set of legal challenges than those he will inherit when he replaces Benjamin Hall III as Houston city attorney later this month.
The Meek Shall Inherit the Chip Market.
Mike Duffy, the new vice-president of sales at Software 2000 Inc, inherited a common sales manager's problem: too many of the company's sales -- fully half, in fact -- closed during the company's last fiscal quarter.
The US should repeal the taxes heirs must pay when inheriting money, real estate, and other assets.
In a letter to President-Elect Barack Obama last week, CropLife America (CLA) President and CEO Jay Vroom noted the considerable agriculture challenges and opportunities the next president will inherit on taking office in January 2009.
6 Christy Walton & family 23.2 53 Jackson, WY Wal-Mart inheritance.
Net Worth $1,650 million Source investments, Inherited and growing.

In science:

The disc bundle D is strictly pseudoconvex in L∗ , since Θh is positive, and hence X inherits the structure of a strictly pseudoconvex CR manifold.
Universality and scaling of zeros on symplectic manifolds
At high energies the closed string inherited from LST dominates in both of the OBLSTs, just as for ordinary LST.
Open Branes in Space-Time Non-Commutative Little String Theory
Notice that these two theories are really distinct: the strong/weak-coupling self-duality of the parent IIB theory is not inherited by the Wound IIB theory, because the wound limit scales gs → ∞.
IIA/B, Wound and Wrapped
After any modification, the variable sends its new domain through this slot; One can inherit from the variable base class to add new slots.
Component Programming and Interoperability in Constraint Solver Design
Clearly, N (cid:0)A′ S+ (cid:1) is a convex subset of A′ S and therefore inherited its topology.
An Algebraic Formulation of Quantum Decoherence
Firstly, on each graph of the support of the Gibbs family the pure phases can differ with the structure of typical configurations (this is a phase transition inherited from Gibbs fields a fixed graph).
Gibbs and Quantum Discrete Spaces
The function s on V (α) \ V (γ ) is inherited from α, and on V (γ ) - from Γ′ .
Gibbs and Quantum Discrete Spaces
Therefore, its purely virtual operator operator()() must be overwritten by the appropriate inherited class.
AMEGIC++ 1.0, A Matrix Element Generator In C++
The operator()() is inherited from Amplitude Base and is used for integrating the sum over all cross sections.
AMEGIC++ 1.0, A Matrix Element Generator In C++
This opinion is inherited in the new quantum theory gauge of gravity.
Gauge Theory of Gravity
X, Y ) = c(Y , X )−1 ∀Y ∈ Ob j C , one easily sees that Z2 (C ) is stable w.r.t. isomorphisms (thus replete), direct sums, retractions, tensor products and duals, the inherited braiding obviously being symmetric.
From Subfactors to Categories and Topology II. The quantum double of tensor categories and subfactors
The composition and tensor product of morphisms are inherited from C .
From Subfactors to Categories and Topology II. The quantum double of tensor categories and subfactors
The composition of morphisms being the same in Z1 (C ) as in C , ε(X ), ε(X ) inherit from C all equations needed to make Z1 (C ) pivotal (spherical).
From Subfactors to Categories and Topology II. The quantum double of tensor categories and subfactors
Here we record some additional properties of the process R = Γ(d) (X ), and its relationship with X , which are inherited, in the same application of Donsker’s theorem, from Theorem 7.2.
A path-transformation for random walks and the Robinson-Schensted correspondence
They inherit most of the nice features of their parent triangulations and put in a more proper perspective some of the pathologies of Regge triangulations which have often been misjudged.
The modular geometry of Random Regge Triangulations