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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. 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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