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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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(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 ​latestmodel is ​faster and ​sleeker than ​its predecessors.
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"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 ​modelretains all the ​advantages of its predecessor but ​offers five ​times the ​speed.
(Definition of predecessor from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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