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Definition 1: the official who holds an office - [noun denoting person]

Synonyms for incumbent in the sense of this definition

(incumbent is a kind of ...) a person who holds something

"they held two hostages" "he holds the trophy" "she holds a United States passport"

(incumbent is a kind of ...) a worker who holds or is invested with an office

(... is a kind of incumbent ) the person who holds an office

Definition 2: currently holding an office - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where incumbent or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the incumbent governor

(incumbent is similar to ...) occurring in or belonging to the present time

"current events" "the current topic" "current negotiations" "current psychoanalytic theories" "the ship's current position"

Definition 3: necessary (for someone) as a duty or responsibility; morally binding - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where incumbent or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • it is incumbent on them to pay their own debts

(incumbent is similar to ...) absolutely essential

Definition 4: lying or leaning on something else - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where incumbent or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • an incumbent geological formation

(incumbent is similar to ...) lying immediately above or on something else

(incumbent belongs to category ...) a science that deals with the history of the earth as recorded in rocks

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