- a body of followers, attendants, adherents, etc.
- the body of admirers, attendants, patrons, etc., of someone or something: That television show has a large following.
- the following, that which comes immediately after, as pages, lines, etc.: See the following for a list of exceptions.
Origin of following
- to come after in sequence, order of time, etc.: The speech follows the dinner.
- to go or come after; move behind in the same direction: Drive ahead, and I'll follow you.
- to accept as a guide or leader; accept the authority of or give allegiance to: Many Germans followed Hitler.
- to conform to, comply with, or act in accordance with; obey: to follow orders; to follow advice.
- to imitate or copy; use as an exemplar: They follow the latest fads.
- to move forward along (a road, path, etc.): Follow this road for a mile.
- to come after as a result or consequence; result from: Reprisals often follow victory.
- to go after or along with (a person) as companion.
- to go in pursuit of: to follow an enemy.
- to try for or attain to: to follow an ideal.
- to engage in or be concerned with as a pursuit: He followed the sea as his true calling.
- to watch the movements, progress, or course of: to follow a bird in flight.
- to watch the development of or keep up with: to follow the news.
- to keep up with and understand (an argument, story, etc.): Do you follow me?
- to come next after something else in sequence, order of time, etc.
- to happen or occur after something else; come next as an event: After the defeat great disorder followed.
- to attend or serve.
- to go or come after a person or thing in motion.
- to result as an effect; occur as a consequence: It follows then that he must be innocent.
- follow out, to carry to a conclusion; execute: They followed out their orders to the letter.
- follow through,
- to carry out fully, as a stroke of a club in golf, a racket in tennis, etc.
- to continue an effort, plan, proposal, policy, etc., to its completion.
- follow up,
- to pursue closely and tenaciously.
- to increase the effectiveness of by further action or repetition.
- to pursue to a solution or conclusion.
- follow suit. suit(def 21).
Origin of follow
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Examples from the Web for following
I was pregnant, uncomfortably so, for the first time and with twins, due the following March.I Tried to Warn You About Sleazy Billionaire Jeffrey Epstein in 2003
January 7, 2015
The following page details a tribute gag the Simpsons team inserted into the background of a scene.
Following the Apatow references, Marge informs Homer that she needs to use the “Porta Potty.”
The following month came, and for lack of a better term, I chickened out.Dear Leelah, We Will Fight On For You: A Letter to a Dead Trans Teen
January 1, 2015
In the weeks following the Sept. 9, car bombing at the Iranian base, Iran raided a village in the Pakistani district of Chagai.The Dangerous Drug-Funded Secret War Between Iran and Pakistan
December 29, 2014
The boy shouldered the carpetbag and started in advance, Robert following.Brave and Bold
After following Lake Barlee for nine miles, it turned to the southward.
Many tracks were seen, following mine and Windich's for several miles.
Therefore you get the following sentence, "I believe I saw a giraffe."Ancient Man
Hendrik Willem van Loon
The following are a few of the passes used by Harriet throughout the war.Harriet, The Moses of Her People
Sarah H. Bradford
- (prenominal)about to be mentioned, specified, etcthe following items
- (as noun)will the following please raise their hands?
- (of winds, currents, etc) moving in the same direction as the course of a vessel
- a group of supporters or enthusiastshe attracted a large following wherever he played
- as a result ofhe was arrested following a tip-off
- to go or come after in the same directionhe followed his friend home
- (tr) to accompany; attendshe followed her sister everywhere
- to come after as a logical or natural consequence
- (tr) to keep to the course or track ofshe followed the towpath
- (tr) to act in accordance with; obeyto follow instructions
- (tr) to accept the ideas or beliefs of (a previous authority, etc)he followed Donne in most of his teachings
- to understand (an explanation, argument, etc)the lesson was difficult to follow
- to watch closely or continuouslyshe followed his progress carefully
- (tr) to have a keen interest into follow athletics
- (tr) to help in the cause of or accept the leadership ofthe men who followed Napoleon
- (tr) to choose to receive messages posted by (a blogger or microblogger)I've been following her online
- (tr) rare to earn a living at or into follow the Navy
- follow suit cards
- to play a card of the same suit as the card played immediately before it
- to do the same as someone else
- billiards snooker
- a forward spin imparted to a cue ball causing it to roll after the object ball
- a shot made in this way
Word Origin and History for following
c.1300, verbal noun from follow (v.). Meaning "a body of disciples or retainers" is from mid-15c.
Old English folgian, fylgan "follow, accompany; follow after, pursue," also "obey, apply oneself to a practice or calling," from West Germanic *fulg- (cf. Old Saxon folgon, Old Frisian folgia, Middle Dutch volghen, Dutch volgen, Old High German folgen, German folgen, Old Norse fylgja "to follow").
Probably originally a compound, *full-gan with a sense of "full-going;" the sense then shifting to "serve, go with as an attendant" (cf. fulfill). Related: Followed; following. To follow one's nose "go straight on" first attested 1590s. "The full phrase is, 'Follow your nose, and you are sure to go straight.' " [Farmer].