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"heir" in British English

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heirnoun

uk   /r/  us   /er/
C2 [C] a ​person who will ​legallyreceivemoney, ​property, or a ​title from another ​person, ​especially an ​oldermember of the same ​family, when that other ​persondies: The ​guest of ​honour was the Romanov heir to the ​throne of all Russia. Despite having a ​largefamily, 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 ​createdearlier: The ​Frenchfinanceminister is heir to a ​tradition of ​centralcontrol 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 ​previousperson who ​held that ​position
(Definition of heir from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"heir" in American English

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heirnoun [C]

 us   /eər/ (female heiress,  /ˈeər·əs/ )
a ​person who will ​receive or already has ​receivedmoney or ​property from another ​person at the ​time of that other person’s ​death: My ​cousin Robert is the only heir to my uncle’s ​fortune.
(Definition of heir from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"heir" in Business English

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heirnoun [C]

uk   us   /r/
LAW the ​person who ​legally receives ​money, ​property, or possessions from someone who has died: Court ​documents showed that each heir was ​entitled to ​land and ​shares of ​stock in the ​businesses.heir to sth When her father died, she became the ​sole heir to his £40,000 ​estate.heir of sth The heirs of the company's ​foundercontrol about 39% of the ​business.
someone who becomes the new ​leader of a large ​organization or ​company after the old ​leaderleaves: heir to sb He was a ​potential heir to ​retiringCEO Jack Welch.
(Definition of heir from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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