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[Middle French enheriter to make one an heir, from Late Latin inhereditare, from Latin in- in + hereditas inheritance]
1 : to receive (property) from an estate by operation of the laws of intestacy
: to receive (property) either by will or through intestate succession
2 : succeed
: to take or hold a possession or rights by inheritance
Source: Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law ©1996. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. Published under license with Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.