/ In5herIt; In`hZrIt/ v [Tn, Tn.pr] ~ sth (from sb) 1 receive (property, a title, etc) as a result of the death of the previous owner 继承(财产﹑ 头衔等): a youngman inheriting an estate, a title, etc (from his father) 继承(父亲的)地产﹑ 头衔等的年轻人 * She inherited a little money from her grandfather. 她从祖父处继承了一小笔钱财.
derive (qualities, etc) from an ancestor 因遗传而获(特性等): She inherited her mother's good looks and her father's bad temper. 她生来就有母亲的美貌和父亲的坏脾气.
(fig 比喻) receive (sth) from a predecessor 从前任接过(某事物): This government has inherited many problems from the previous one. 上届政府遗留给本届政府很多问题.
> inheritance / -Ens; -Ens/ n
1 [U] ~ (of sth) (from sb/sth) inheriting (sth from sb) 继承; 遗传: The title passes by inheritance to the eldest son. 这头衔按世袭传给长子. * (fig 比喻) the inheritance of good looks from one's parents 得自父母遗传的美貌 * [attrib 作定语] inheritance tax 遗产税.
2 [C] ~ (from sb) what is inherited 继承或遗传之物; 遗产; 遗赠物: When she was 21 she came into (ie received) her inheritance. 她21岁时获得遗产. * (fig 比喻) a bitter dispute which left an inheritance of ill-feeling 留下恶感的激烈争辩. Cf 参看 legacy.
inheritor n person who inherits 继承人.