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incumbent

noun [C]  /ɪnˈkʌm·bənt/ us  

incumbent noun [C] (PERSON)

politics & government (referring to the present time) a person who has a particular office or position, esp. an elected one: Senator Smith, the incumbent, faces a tough fight for reelection next year.

incumbent

adjective  /ɪnˈkʌm·bənt/ fml us  

incumbent adjective (NECESSARY)

necessary: [+ to infinitive] It is incumbent upon (= necessary for) all of us to create a safe community.
Translations of “incumbent”
in Chinese (Traditional) 現任的, 在職的…
in Russian лицо, занимающее должность…
in Turkish makam sahibi, görevli, memur…
in Chinese (Simplified) 现任的, 在职的…
in Polish osoba sprawująca urząd…
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