- 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
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Examples from the Web for followings
But are their followings and their brands synonymous with Vogue?Will Kim and Kanye Kill Vogue?
March 24, 2014
Certainly this freedom applies only to the case of kings or princes with followings of their own.The Heroic Age
H. Munro Chadwick
- (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
The use of following to mean as a result of is very common in journalism, but should be avoided in other kinds of writing
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Word Origin and History for followings
c.1300, verbal noun from follow (v.). Meaning "a body of disciples or retainers" is from mid-15c.
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