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heir

noun uk   /r/ us    /er/
C2 [C] a person who will legally receive money, property, or a title from another person, especially an older member of the same family, when that other person dies: The guest of honour was the Romanov heir to the throne of all Russia. Despite having a large family, they still had no son and heir.
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[C usually singular] someone who now has responsibility for dealing with a problem or situation that existed or was created earlier: The French finance minister is heir to a tradition of central control that goes back to Louis XIV. [C usually singular] someone who continues to do the work of someone important who has died, or someone who has the same position as the previous person who held that position
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