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noun [countable] successor pronunciation in British English /səkˈsesə(r)/ 
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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. 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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