Meaning of “predecessor” in the English Dictionary

"predecessor" in British English

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predecessornoun [ 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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  • Each new leader would blame his predecessor for all the evils of the past.
  • In her speech, she paid a glowing tribute to her predecessor.
  • She spoke scathingly of the poor standard of work done by her predecessor.
  • You need to learn from the mistakes of your predecessors.
  • This system is much more efficient than its predecessor.

(Definition of “predecessor” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"predecessor" in American English

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predecessornoun [ C ]

us /ˈpred·əˌses·ər, ˈpri·də-/

a person who had a job or position before someone else, or a thing that comes before another in time or in a series:

My predecessor worked in this job for twelve years.
The latest model is faster and sleeker than its predecessors.

(Definition of “predecessor” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"predecessor" in Business English

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predecessornoun [ C ]

uk /ˈpriːdɪˌsesər/ us /ˈpredəsesər/

the person who had a particular job or position before someone else:

His predecessor had left him with many problems to address in the department.

a machine, system, law, etc. that has been replaced by a new one:

The new model retains all the advantages of its predecessor but offers five times the speed.

(Definition of “predecessor” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)