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incumbent

adjective uk   /ɪnˈkʌm.bənt/ us  
[before noun] officially having the named position: The incumbent president faces problems which began many years before he took office.
be incumbent on/upon sb formal to be necessary for someone: She felt it incumbent upon/on her to raise the subject at their meeting.

incumbent

noun [C] uk   /ɪnˈkʌm.bənt/ us  
the person who has or had a particular official position: the first/last/previous incumbent The present incumbent (of the post) is due to retire next month.
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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