1. obtain from someone after their death;
- Example: "I inherited a castle from my French grandparents"
2. receive from a predecessor;
- Example: "The new chairman inherited many problems from the previous chair"
3. receive by genetic transmission;
- Example: "I inherited my good eyesight from my mother"
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Inherit \In*her"it\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Inherited; p. pr. & vb. n. Inheriting.] [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.] [1913 Webster] 1. (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. [1913 Webster] 2. 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 [1913 Webster +PJC] Prince Harry is valiant; for the cold blood he did naturally inherit of his father he hath . . . manured . . . with good store of fertile sherris. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 3. To come into possession of; to possess; to own; to enjoy as a possession. [1913 Webster] But the meek shall inherit the earth. --Ps. xxxvii. 11. [1913 Webster] To bury so much gold under a tree, And never after to inherit it. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 4. To put in possession of. [R.] --Shak. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Inherit \In*her"it\, v. i. To take or hold a possession, property, estate, or rights by inheritance. [1913 Webster] Thou shalt not inherit our father's house. --Judg. xi. 2. [1913 Webster]