a. To receive (property or a title, for example) from an ancestor by legal succession or will.
b. To receive by bequest or as a legacy.
2. To receive or take over from a predecessor: The new administration inherited the economic problems of the last four years.
3. Biology To receive (a characteristic) from ones parents by genetic transmission.
4. To gain (something) as ones right or portion.
To hold or take possession of an inheritance.
[Middle English enheriten, from Old French enheriter, to make heir to, from Late Latin inhrditre, to inherit : Latin in-, in; see in-2 + Late Latin hrditre, to inherit (from Latin hrs, hrd-, heir; see gh- in Indo-European roots).]