logical, natural, obvious | rightful, worthy
Their latest disc is a worthy successor to their popular debut album.
| chosen, designated, eventual | immediate | likely, possible, potential
VERB + SUCCESSOR
He doesn't have an obvious successor as party leader.
| appoint, choose, elect, find | groom | hand over to
She will hand over to her successor in one year's time.
SUCCESSOR + VERB
as sb's ~
She has been appointed as his successor.
| ~ as
Andrew Kirkham will be her successor as Chief Executive.
| ~ to
The new Ministry of Food is the successor to the old Department of Agriculture.
the appointment/choice/election of a successor, be tipped as a possible successor
The former newsreader is being tipped as a possible successor to the outgoing Head of Broadcasting.
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