successor

suc|ces|sor [ sək`sesər ] noun count **
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.
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.
b. used about someone who continues the work of, or reaches the standard of, someone who came before them:
a worthy/natural/true successor: She proved herself a worthy successor.

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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  • successor — suc·ces·sor /sək se sər/ n: one that follows: one that succeeds another (as in a position, title, office, or estate) Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996. successor …   Law dictionary

  • Successor — Suc*ces sor, n. [OE. successour, OF. successur, successor, F. successeur, L. successor. See {Succeed}.] One who succeeds or follows; one who takes the place which another has left, and sustains the like part or character; correlative to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • successor — UK US /səkˈsesər/ noun [C] ► 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… …   Financial and business terms

  • successor — one who comes after, late 13c., from O.Fr. successour, from L. successor, agent noun from pp. stem of succedere (see SUCCEED (Cf. succeed)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • successor — [sək ses′ər] n. [ME < OFr successour < L successor < successus, pp. of succedere: see SUCCEED] a person or thing that succeeds, or follows, another; esp., one who succeeds to an office, title, etc …   English World dictionary

  • Successor — (lat.), Nachfolger, Amtsfolger …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • successor — [n] heir beneficiary, descendant, follower, heritor, inheritor, next in line, replacement, scion; concepts 355,414 …   New thesaurus

  • successor — ► NOUN ▪ a person or thing that succeeds another …   English terms dictionary

  • successor — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ logical, natural, obvious ▪ rightful, worthy ▪ Their latest offering is a worthy successor to their popular debut album. ▪ chosen …   Collocations dictionary

  • successor */*/ — UK [səkˈsesə(r)] / US [səkˈsesər] noun [countable] Word forms successor : singular successor plural successors someone who has an important position after someone else. Someone who has the position before someone else is called their predecessor… …   English dictionary

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