Meaning of “successor” in the English Dictionary

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"successor" in British English

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successornoun [ C ]

uk /səkˈses.ər/ us /səkˈses.ɚ/

C1 someone or something that comes after another person or thing:

The university is seeking a successor to its vice chancellor, who retires this spring.
This range of computers is very fast, but their successors will be even faster.

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  • Traditionally, the president designates his or her successor.
  • It remains to be seen whom the chairman will anoint as his successor.
  • The hunt is on for a successor to Sir James Gordon.
  • His name was mooted as a possible successor.
  • The former leader now has to watch his successor unpicking much of what he strived so hard to achieve.

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

"successor" in American English

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successornoun [ C ]

us /səkˈses·ər/

someone or something that follows and takes the job, place, or position that was held by another:

The company will announce the appointment of a successor to its retiring chairman at the next board meeting.

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

"successor" in Business English

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successornoun [ C ]

uk /səkˈsesər/ us

someone or something that comes after another person or thing:

successor to sb/sth She has been appointed successor to the retiring chief executive.
Network Rail is the successor to Railtrack and runs lines and signalling.

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