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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.
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)
inheritverb 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