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successor

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noun suc·ces·sor \sək-ˈse-sər\

Simple Definition of successor

  • : a person who has a job, position, or title after someone else : someone who succeeds another person

Full Definition of successor

  1. :  one that follows; especially :  one who succeeds to a throne, title, estate, or office

Examples of successor

  1. The CEO's successor used to be the vice president here.

  2. the successor to the throne



Origin of successor

Middle English successour, from Anglo-French, from Latin successor, from succedere


First Known Use: 14th century


SUCCESSOR Defined for Kids

successor

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noun suc·ces·sor \sək-ˈse-sər\

Definition of successor

  1. :  a person who succeeds to a throne, title, property, or office





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