• (GA) IPA: /ˈæn.sɛs.tɚ/
  • (RP) IPA: /ˈæn.sɛs.tə/

ancestor (plural ancestors)

  1. topics en One from whom a person is descended, whether on the father's or mother's side, at any distance of time; a progenitor; a forefather.
  2. An earlier type; a progenitor
    This fossil animal is regarded as the ancestor of the horse.
  3. (legal) One from whom an estate has descended;—the correlative of heir.
  4. (figuratively) One who had the same role or function in former times.
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ancestor (ancestors, present participle ancestoring; past and past participle ancestored)

  1. To be an ancestor of.

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