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noun [countable]     successor pronunciation in American English
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  1. someone who has an important position after someone else. Someone who has the position before someone else is called their predecessor
    successor to:

    They haven’t yet named a successor to the outgoing CEO.

    successor as:

    His successor as president of the council was Enrique Baron.

    find/appoint/choose a successor:

    the meeting to appoint a successor to Dr. Yates

    possible/ likely/potential successor:

    He had been widely regarded as a possible successor to Kohl.

    1. a.
      used about something such as an organization or machine that replaces something that did the same job before

      The Russian Federal Security Service is the main successor to the KGB.

    2. b.
      used about someone who continues the work of, or who reaches the standard of, someone who came before them
      a worthy/natural/true successor:

      She proved herself a worthy successor.

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a description of an economic or political situation based on analysis of information at the present time

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an unregulated form of capitalism that features financial deregulation, privatisation and low tax for high earners

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