heir apparent Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"heir apparent" in British English

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heir apparentnoun [C usually singular]

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the ​person with the ​automaticright to ​legallyreceive all or most of the ​money, ​property, ​titles, etc. from another ​person when they ​die: The Prince of ​Wales is the ​heirapparent to the ​throne. a ​person who ​seemscertain to take the ​place of someone in ​power when that ​personstopsworking
(Definition of heir apparent from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"heir apparent" in Business English

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heir apparentnoun [S]

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the ​person who is likely to ​control a large ​company or ​organization after the ​person now in ​chargeleaves: heir apparent to sth Mr Roberts is ​thought by many to be ​heir apparent to the ​topjob.
(Definition of heir apparent from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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