successor

noun
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

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Photo composite: Sharon Shi A shareholder meeting would allow Renault to renew its push to appoint a successor to Mr. Ghosn on Nissan’s board. Nick Kostov, WSJ, "Renault Urges Nissan to Call for Shareholder Meeting Following Nissan Indictment," 16 Dec. 2018 Eager not to lose the record, Noble planned to defend it with Thrust 2's successor, Thrust SSC (the initials stand for SuperSonic Car). Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Bloodhound SSC: How do you build a car capable of 1,000mph?," 24 Nov. 2018 Game of Thrones is again tops with 22 mentions after missing a year of eligibility in 2017, only narrowly besting the network’s chosen successor Westworld (21). Michael O'connell, The Hollywood Reporter, "Emmys: How Netflix Edged HBO and What It Means for This Year's Race," 12 July 2018 Fans immediately wondered if the baby's name is a reference to Migos' last two albums, 2017's Culture and its successor Culture II, released earlier this year. Heran Mamo, Billboard, "Cardi B Has a Priceless Explanation For Naming Her Daughter 'Kulture'," 12 July 2018 Wannstedt went to three consecutive bowl games before being fired by Long's successor. Sam Mellinger, kansascity, "Hello, KU AD Jeff Long. Goodbye, football coach David Beaty," 11 July 2018 Since nearly the beginning of his term as attorney general, Beshear has repeatedly filed lawsuits challenging the legality of actions of Bevin, his father's successor as governor. Tom Loftus, The Courier-Journal, "Andy Beshear becomes first to announce run for Kentucky governor," 9 July 2018 GOP Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell instead waited for the 2016 election, hoping a Republican would be elected president and nominate Scalia's successor. CBS News, "Nuclear option: Why Trump's Supreme Court pick needs only 51 votes," 9 July 2018 With inauguration day almost here, Breed still has a considerable amount of work to do: executive staff appointments, meeting with department heads, and selecting her District Five successor on the Board of Supervisors. Dominic Fracassa, SFChronicle.com, "SF Mayor-elect London Breed says she wants to move quickly, look to future," 8 July 2018

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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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successor

noun

English Language Learners Definition of successor

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

successor

noun
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

successor

noun
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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