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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Mr López Obrador named the minister’s successor within an hour of his resignation. The Economist, "Mexico’s finance minister falls out with its populist president," 11 July 2019 Leader Jeremy Corbyn says Labour will campaign to stay in the EU if a referendum is called by Prime Minister Theresa May’s successor. Washington Post, "The Latest: Finalists in UK leader vote trade Brexit barbs," 10 July 2019 Longtime assistant Larry Kihnley was named Mabrey’s successor on June 13. Jason Frakes, The Courier-Journal, "The Louisville area had no shortage of prep sports stores this season. Here's our top 10," 2 July 2019 While further investigation is needed to clearly identify the long-term significance of the rise of indycurious Wales, its initial results should not be ignored by May’s successor. Gareth Evans, Quartz, "The UK’s next prime minister must urgently answer five constitutional questions," 28 June 2019 Local Republican leaders will meet soon to choose McAuliffe’s successor. Dan Petrella,, "Shake-up ahead for Northwest Side politics as city's lone Republican state lawmaker retires," 17 June 2019 The good cheer came to a screeching halt last week when Ian Khama’s successor and Botswana’s 5th president, Mokgweetsi E.K. Masisi, lifted the ban on elephant hunting. Klara Glowczewska, Town & Country, "Elephant Hunting Has Returned to Botswana. But There Is a Way to Stop It.," 6 June 2019 Quirk wrote to diocese financial officials in a 2016 email regarding a gift that Bransfield sent to Vigano’s successor as nuncio, Christophe Pierre. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "Report: W. Va. bishop sent diocese funds to abuse victims," 5 June 2019 Executives in charge of the Bond franchise, however, have never mentioned him as a possible successor. Cicero Estrella, The Mercury News, "Idris Elba ‘disheartened’ by comments that James Bond can’t be black," 28 June 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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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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