In·her·it v. t. [imp. & p. p. Inherited; p. pr. & vb. n. Inheriting.]
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.
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
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.
3. To come into possession of; to possess; to own; to enjoy as a possession.
But the meek shall inherit the earth. --Ps. xxxvii. 11.
To bury so much gold under a tree,
And never after to inherit it. --Shak.
4. To put in possession of. [R.]
adj : tending to occur among members of a family usually by
heredity; "an inherited disease"; "familial traits";
"genetically transmitted features" [syn: familial, genetic,
hereditary, transmitted, transmissible]