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 What should matter is that Rick Renteria’s successor display astute in-game strategy to win close games and elevate the talent and acumen of his younger players. Mark Gonzales,, "Column: The Chicago White Sox — with an outrageously talented core — must find their perfect manager. No decision in the Jerry Reinsdorf era is more important.," 18 Oct. 2020 Your living trust should name a successor trustee who can take over managing your affairs if you should become incapacitated or die. Liz Weston, oregonlive, "Liz Weston: Successor trustee should have common sense, integrity," 17 Oct. 2020 Barnes confirmed Robinson as Liam McCullough’s opening-day successor on Wednesday. Nathan Baird, cleveland, "Looking inside Ohio State football’s season-opening depth chart for 2020," 15 Oct. 2020 Finally, an iPhone 11 Pro Max successor would have a very large 6.7-inch screen. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "“Hi, Speed”: Apple’s October 13 event is expected to reveal iPhone 12," 6 Oct. 2020 Regardless, the Wild’s tandem will look different next season — a reality that will only become clearer once the Wild identifies Dubnyk’s successor. Sarah Mclellan, Star Tribune, "With Devan Dubnyk gone, what will Wild do about goaltending?," 6 Oct. 2020 And Patriot Movement AZ’s successor groups, in both style and ideology, have been key in the movement that goaded Ducey to reopen the state during the pandemic., "How a group that began by sharing racist memes, violent fantasies on Facebook became a force in Arizona politics," 1 Oct. 2020 Finally, according to a recent CNN-SSRS poll, 59 percent of the American public also believes the winner of the upcoming presidential election should be the one to nominate Ginsburg’s successor. Washington Post, "John Oliver offers bleak outlook on America’s political future: ‘The system is already rigged’," 28 Sep. 2020 Within hours of her death, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell pledged to hold a Senate-wide vote to nominate Ginsburg's successor. Leora Yashari,, "After RBG’s Death, Here’s How The Republicans Will Try To Screw Us," 19 Sep. 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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26 Oct 2020

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“Successor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Oct. 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


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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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