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Topic: FINANCE

Date: 1300-1400
Language: Old French
Origin: enheriter 'to say that someone will receive your property after death', from Latin hereditas; HEREDITY

inherit

verb
     
in‧her‧it
1 [intransitive and transitive]BF to receive money, property etc from someone after they have died
inherit something from somebody
He inherited a fortune from his grandmother.
inherited wealth
2 [transitive] if you inherit a situation, especially one in which problems have been caused by other people, you have to deal with it:
The present government inherited a closed, state-dominated economy.
3 [transitive] to have the same character or appearance as your parents
inherit something from somebody
Mr. Grass inherited his work ethic from his father.
I inherited my mother's curly hair.
4 [transitive] to get something that someone else does not want any more
inherit something from somebody
We inherited the furniture from the previous tenants.
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