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American Dictionary of the English Language

Webster's Dictionary 1828

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Inherit


INHER'IT, verb transitive [Latin hoeres, an heir. See Heir.]

1. To take by descent from an ancestor; to take by succession, as the representative of the former possessor; to receive, as a right or title descendible by law from an ancestor at his decease. The heir inherits the lands or real estate of his father; the eldest son of the nobleman inherits his father's title, and the eldest son of a king inherits the crown.

2. To receive by nature from a progenitor. The son inherits the virtues of his father; the daughter inherits the temper of her mother, and children often inherit the constitutional infirmities of their parents.

3. To possess; to enjoy; to take as a possession, by gift or divine appropriation; as, to inherit everlasting life; to inherit the promises.

--That thou mayest live, and inherit the land which Jehovah thy God giveth thee. Deuteronomy 16:20.

The meek shall inherit the earth. Matthew 5:5.

INHER'IT, verb intransitive To take or have possession or property.

--Thou shall not inherit in our father's house.

Judges 11:2.