suc·​ces·​sor | \ sək-ˈse-sər How to pronounce successor (audio) \

Definition of successor

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

Examples of successor in a Sentence

The CEO's successor used to be the vice president here. the successor to the throne
Recent Examples on the Web Back 4 Blood is a worthy successor to Left 4 Dead’s legacy and is sure to elicit smiles from fans of those iconic titles. Brittany Vincent, BGR, 22 Oct. 2021 Upon retirement, Thomas spent time as both a coach and an executive, and was Bird’s successor as head coach of the Pacers from 2000-03. Andy Yamashita, The Indianapolis Star, 22 Oct. 2021 That case was notable for, among other things, U.S. District Court Judge Paul Borman's attempt to get GM Chair and CEO Mary Barra and former FCA CEO Mike Manley, who was Marchionne's successor, to meet and work out a deal. Eric D. Lawrence, Detroit Free Press, 17 Oct. 2021 Years later, director Cary Joji Fukunaga would shake the table once more by straying even further from the strict framework of the Bond universe, handpicking a Black woman to be 007's successor. Ineye Komonibo,, 15 Oct. 2021 Finseca appears to be a successor to AALU and GAMA. Peter J Reilly, Forbes, 15 Oct. 2021 The 5-foot-11, 175-pounder is a spiritual successor to Harper, the diminutive point guard who led Auburn to the program’s first Final Four appearance. Tom Green |, al, 13 Oct. 2021 But even the roar of that V-12 engine isn’t immune to the guys in the white coats, who have been tweaking and fine-tuning all aspects of the symphony played by the internal-combustion engine and, latterly, its electric successor, for years. Paul Croughton, Robb Report, 10 Oct. 2021 If the Patriots really wanted to move on from Belichick and McDaniels already was gone, who would be his successor? Matt Young, Chron, 29 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of successor

13th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for successor

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

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The first known use of successor was in the 13th century

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27 Oct 2021

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“Successor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of successor

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


suc·​ces·​sor | \ sək-ˈse-sər How to pronounce successor (audio) \

Kids Definition of successor

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


suc·​ces·​sor | \ sək-ˈse-sər How to pronounce successor (audio) \

Legal Definition of successor

: one that follows : one that succeeds another (as in a position, title, office, or estate)


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