ADJ. 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 have 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 take over
PREP. 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.
PHRASES 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.