predecessor

noun
pre·​de·​ces·​sor | \ ˈpre-də-ˌse-sər How to pronounce predecessor (audio) , ˈprē-; ˌpre-də-ˈse-, ˌprē- How to pronounce predecessor (audio) \

Definition of predecessor

1 : one that precedes especially : a person who has previously occupied a position or office to which another has succeeded
2 archaic : ancestor

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Examples of predecessor in a Sentence

Today's computers are much faster than their predecessors were. the once-ubiquitous typewriter was the predecessor of today's electronic keyboard

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The only problem: Altaba faces a huge tax bill because its predecessor Yahoo bought its initial... Jacky Wong, WSJ, "Why Yahoo’s Heir Is Finally Giving Up on Alibaba," 4 Apr. 2019 Unlike its predecessors, the heart of this home show would lie in those moments when the camera lingers a little. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "Lindsey Weidhorn Is the Woman Behind All Your Favorite HGTV Shows," 2 Apr. 2019 Again, Epic announced yesterday that Exodus sold 2.5 times as many copies in its first few weeks on the Epic Games Store as predecessor Last Light did in a comparable period in 2013. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "The Epic Games Store won't always push for exclusives 'at this scale'," 21 Mar. 2019 Whether by design or serendipity, tough talk and blunt action have provided Mr. Trump with a series of opportunities to advance the cause of free trade more consequentially than his recent predecessors. Robert Porter, WSJ, "Trump’s Big Trade Opening," 14 Mar. 2019 However, the actress says she's had more trouble playing Elizabeth II than her 17th century predecessor. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "A New Photo from The Crown Season 3 Set Shows Olivia Colman in a Tiara as the Queen," 4 Mar. 2019 In general, though, both devices are essentially spec bumps over their predecessors. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Huawei refreshes the Matebook X Pro and adds a larger Matebook 14," 24 Feb. 2019 Casey was a trailblazer in dating app technology, creating a Tinder predecessor—and even becoming her own best customer...until a ski weekend in Aspen for New Year's changed everything. Judy Greer, Marie Claire, "Rom-Com BFFs Get the Spotlight: Casey from 27 Dresses," 12 Feb. 2019 After a wobbly start, the third season turned out to be just as strong and surprising as its predecessors. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "TV Technica 2018: Our favorite shows and binges," 24 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of predecessor

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for predecessor

Middle English predecessour, from Anglo-French predecessur, from Late Latin praedecessor, from Latin prae- pre- + decessor retiring governor, from decedere to depart, retire from office — more at decease

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predecessor

noun

English Language Learners Definition of predecessor

: a person who had a job or position before someone else
: something that comes before something else

predecessor

noun
pre·​de·​ces·​sor | \ ˈpre-də-ˌse-sər How to pronounce predecessor (audio) , ˈprē-\

Kids Definition of predecessor

: a person who held a job or position before someone else

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