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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 Its eventual successor, the James Webb Space Telescope, described by NASA as the most powerful and complex space telescope ever built, is scheduled to launch on March 30, 2021. Fox News, "Hubble Space Telescope spots 'feathered spiral' galaxy in deep space," 7 July 2020 Abel is viewed as a potential successor to Buffett, 89. Katherine Chiglinsky, Fortune, "Warren Buffett’s Berkshire ends its deal drought," 6 July 2020 Abel is viewed as a potential successor to Buffett, 89. Katherine Chiglinsky,, "Buffett Sticks to Comfort Zones With His Dominion Energy Deal," 6 July 2020 Mitchell is seen as the natural successor to Borland. Nathan Baird, cleveland, "Ohio State football’s junior linebackers must begin making impact in 2020: Buckeye Take," 6 July 2020 The pressure is also on now to find the successor to Lotus as IndyCar plans to move toward a hybrid engine model in 2022. Nathan Brown, The Indianapolis Star, "Roger Penske 'personally championing' Ferrari's potential return to IndyCar," 4 July 2020 Goodspeed is seen by some as a possible successor to the top economic post and is viewed as well-liked across much of the administration. Washington Post, "Exodus from Trump’s economic team continues despite fresh fears about new closures and coronavirus crisis," 29 June 2020 Justice Neil Gorsuch, Antonin Scalia's successor and Trump's first Supreme Court nominee, wrote the opinion. W. James Antle Iii, Washington Examiner, "Judging Trump," 25 June 2020 Ford Hamp, the second oldest of Firestone Ford’s children, assumed a prominent decision-making role under her mother’s watch, and long been pegged as the likely successor as owner. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, "Sheila Ford Hamp to take over as Detroit Lions owner and chairman," 23 June 2020

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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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10 Jul 2020

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“Successor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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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


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Legal Definition of successor

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

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