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predecessor

noun [C] uk   /ˈpriː.dɪˌses.ər/ us    /ˈpred.ə.ses.ɚ/
C2 someone who had a job or a position before someone else, or something that comes before another thing in time or in a series: My predecessor worked in this job for twelve years. The latest Ferrari is not only faster than its predecessors but also more comfortable.
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