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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State law calls for a governor to fill a superior court vacancy or appoint a successor for an impending vacancy within 45 days after receiving nominations from the council. Becky Bohrer, The Seattle Times, "Alaska chief justice defends judicial nominating process," 25 Mar. 2019 Since The Twilight Zone ended in 1964, sci-fi nerds have been searching for a possible successor. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "The Twilight Zone Is Coming Back. Here's Everything We Know About the Jordan Peele Reboot.," 30 Jan. 2019 Rouse didn’t want the job permanently, but agreed to take the reins for a few months while Obama looked for a permanent successor. Andrew Prokop, Vox, "Trump names Mick Mulvaney acting White House chief of staff," 15 Dec. 2018 Or even a spiritual successor to the old isometric Fallouts? Can’t wait to find out. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "This week in games: Obsidian teases a game reveal, the FTC pledges to look into loot boxes," 30 Nov. 2018 USNI News reports that the Navy is in the conceptual stages of a true successor to the Seawolf class, SSN(X). Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Navy’s Next Attack Submarine Will Be Big, Expensive," 22 Oct. 2018 Following the death of Senator John McCain, on August 25, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey will appoint a successor to take McCain’s place in the Senate, until a special election is held, in 2020. Grace Edquist, Teen Vogue, "Cindy McCain Could Take Her Husband's Seat in a "Widow's Succession"," 31 Aug. 2018 About 300 supporters joined cheerleaders and a pep band at the Lawlor Events Center on Friday as Nevada formally introduced Alford as the successor to Eric Musselman, who left for Arkansas this week. Scott Sonner, The Seattle Times, "Steve Alford says he’s in Nevada for the long haul," 12 Apr. 2019 Intel first inadvertently disclosed Ice Lake in 2017, the successor to the 10nm Cannon Lake chip, but the company hasn’t talked much about it since then. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Intel reveals its 10nm Ice Lake Core and stacked Lakefield CPUs, and 'Project Athena' for laptops," 7 Jan. 2019

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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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