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Inherit

To receive property according to the state laws of intestate succession from a decedent who has failed to execute a valid will, or, where the term is applied in a more general sense, to receive the property of a decedent by will.

inherit

v. to receive all or a portion of the estate of an ancestor upon his/her death, usually from a parent or other close relative pursuant to the laws of descent. Technically, one would "inherit" only if there is no will, but popularly it means any taking from the estate of a relative, including a wife or husband, by will or not. (See: descent and distribution, will, intestacy, intestate succession, heir, heiress)

inherit

verb accede to, acquire, acquire from ancessors, be granted a legacy, be the heir of, come into possession as an heir, derive from, fall heir to, gain, have succession as an heir, obtain, receive, receive a legacy, receive an endowment, receive as right, receive by bequest, receive by devise, receive by law of descent, receive by succession, receive property as an heir, rem hereditate accipere, succeed to, take, take as an heir, take by descent, take by inneritance, take by succession
See also: accede, acquire, hold, possess, receive, succeed
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Don't set yourself to wrangle with me, husband," said Teresa; "I speak as God pleases, and don't deal in out-of-the-way phrases; and I say if you are bent upon having a government, take your son Sancho with you, and teach him from this time on how to hold a government; for sons ought to inherit and learn the trades of their fathers.
They were not wanted, as their offspring might inherit and transmit the tendency to prolonged incubation, and thus upset the system which has maintained for ages and which permits the adult Martians to figure the proper time for return to the incubators, almost to an hour.
And the danger of it; for if this Hyde suspects the existence of the will, he may grow impatient to inherit.
Woman was created for our destruction, and it is from her we inherit all our miseries.
So that now, if there were anything to inherit from him, they may do so with easy conscience.
I could have borne it better even though he were dead, if he had fallen with his men before Troy, or had died with friends around him when the days of his fighting were done; for then the Achaeans would have built a mound over his ashes, and I should myself have been heir to his renown; but now the storm-winds have spirited him away we know not whither; he is gone without leaving so much as a trace behind him, and I inherit nothing but dismay.
That woman had, in all probability, poisoned my brother, and in order to inherit from me she was about to assassinate me in my turn.
Tell me, wondrous image," exclaimed Jason, --"since you inherit the wisdom of the Speaking Oak of Dodona, whose daughter you are,--tell me, where shall I find fifty bold youths, who will take each of them an oar of my galley?
Oh, Crimsworth is better filled up than I am, I know besides he has a straight nose, arched eyebrows, and all that; but these advantages--if they are advantages--he did not inherit from his mother, the patrician, but from his father, old Crimsworth, who, MY father says, was as veritable a shire blue-dyer as ever put indigo in a vat yet withal the handsomest man in the three Ridings.
He then gave chase to Xanthus and Thoon, the two sons of Phaenops, both of them very dear to him, for he was now worn out with age, and begat no more sons to inherit his possessions.
To inherit this wealth he had but one child—the daughter whom we have introduced to the reader, and whom he was now conveying from school to preside over a household that had too long wanted a mistress.
As soon as ever he learnt that I was likely to inherit something from her he began to pay me his addresses.