inherit in‧her‧it [ɪnˈhert] verb [transitive]
1. LAW to receive money or property from someone after they have died:

• She will inherit her father's entire fortune when he dies.

inherit something from somebody

• We built the house on land inherited from our uncle.

— inheritor noun [countable] :

• How will the inheritors invest their money?

2. to start being in charge of something that was previously controlled by another person:

• The incoming president inherited a healthy economy.

inherit something from somebody

• Problems he inherited from his predecessor led to the bank's later troubles.

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inheritor UK US /ɪnˈherɪtər/ noun [C]
PROPERTY a person who receives money, property, or assets from someone who has died: »

A survey of property inheritors confirmed that two-thirds of them promptly sold the houses they were left.

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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