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- (transitive) To take possession of as a right (especially in Biblical translations).
- Your descendants will inherit the earth.
- (transitive) To receive (property, a title, etc.), by legal succession or bequest after the previous owner's death.
- After Grandad died, I inherited the house.
- (transitive, biology) To receive a characteristic from one's ancestors by genetic transmission.
- Let's hope the baby inherits his mother's looks and his father's intelligence.
- (transitive) To derive from people or conditions previously in force.
- This country has inherited an invidious class culture.
- (intransitive) To come into an inheritance.
- Lucky old Daniel – his grandfather died rich, and he's inherited.
- (computing, programming, transitive) To derive (existing functionality) from a superclass.
- ModalWindow inherits all the properties and methods of Window.
- (computing, programming, transitive) To derive a new class from (a superclass).
- 2006, Daniel Solis, Illustrated C# 2005:
- For example, the following two code segments, from different assemblies, show how easy it is to inherit a class from another assembly.
- (transitive, obsolete) To put in possession of.
- Do not confuse with inherent.
- classical inheritance
- composition over inheritance
- inheritance powder
- inheritance tax
- multiple inheritance
to take possession of as a right
to receive property or a title by legal succession etc.
to receive a characteristic by genetic transmission
to derive from people or conditions previously in force
to come into an inheritance