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 All of this is true of the brand-new Moto G Power 2022, announced today as the $200 successor to the Moto G Power 2021, which was just released in January of this year. Julian Chokkattu, Wired, 17 Nov. 2021 The nationwide rallies in summer 1987, sparked by the authoritarian leader Chun Doo-hwan’s handpicking of his successor, were a turning point. Washington Post, 8 Nov. 2021 With Hyten expected to retire Nov. 19, what is considered the Pentagon’s No. 2 military position could sit vacant pending Senate confirmation of his successor., 2 Nov. 2021 Now a gorgeous example of its convertible successor could be yours. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 11 Oct. 2021 The removal of the social media tax was celebrated by many including activists, politicians and users on social media, while the motive and rationale of its successor has been questioned and derided by many. Stephen Kafeero, Quartz, 3 July 2021 Any Biden choice of a successor to Breyer would not alter that dynamic. Joan Biskupic, CNN, 29 June 2021 The former president's legal woes have divided the ruling African National Congress between his camp and that of his successor, President Cyril Ramaphosa. Zuma gave in to pressure to quit and yield to Ramaphosa in 2018. NBC News, 29 June 2021 Blanton's fellow Democrats worked with Republicans in the Legislature to move up the inauguration of his Republican successor, Lamar Alexander, by three days. CBS News, 11 June 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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20 Nov 2021

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“Successor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 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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