Definition of successor noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//səkˈsesə(r)//
; NAmE NAmE//səkˈsesər//
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successor (to somebody/something) a person or thing that comes after somebody/something else and takes their/its place Who's the likely successor to him as party leader? Their latest release is a worthy successor to their popular debut album. He chose as his successor a relative newcomer to the organization. compare predecessor Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French successour, from Latin successor, from the verb succedere ‘come close after’, from sub- ‘close to’ + cedere ‘go’.Extra examples He doesn’t have an obvious successor as party leader. She has been appointed as his successor. She will hand over to her successor in one year’s time. The former newsreader is being tipped as a possible successor to the outgoing Head of Broadcasting. The new Ministry of Food is the successor to the old Department of Agriculture. Their latest disc is a worthy successor to their popular debut album. his would-be successor the challenge to create a worthy successor to the old library building
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