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Definition of succession noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[countable, usually singular] a number of people or things that follow each other in time or order synonym series a succession of visitors He's been hit by a succession of injuries since he joined the team. She has won the award for the third year in succession. They had three children in quick succession. The gunman fired three times in rapid succession.
  2. 2[uncountable] the regular pattern of one thing following another thing the succession of the seasons the succession of images on a screen
  3. 3[uncountable] the act of taking over an official position or title; the right to take over an official position or title, especially to become the king or queen of a country He became chairman in succession toHoward Dean. She's third in order of succession to the throne. a line of succession see also succeed
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