follower

[fol-oh-er]

noun


Origin of follower

before 900; Middle English folwer, Old English folgere. See follow, -er1

Synonyms for follower

Synonym study

2. Follower, adherent, partisan refer to someone who demonstrates allegiance to a person, a doctrine, a cause, and the like. Follower often has an implication of personal relationship or of slavish acquiescence. Adherent, a more formal word, has implications of active championship of a person or a point of view. Partisan, ordinarily meaning a person prejudiced and unreasoning in adherence to a party, during World War II took on the meaning of a member of certain groups in occupied countries of Europe who carried on underground resistance to the Nazis.

Antonyms for follower

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Examples from the Web for follower

Contemporary Examples of follower

Historical Examples of follower

  • A follower who has not yet obtained all that he expects to get.

  • No man lives in freedom anywhere on earth who is not his debtor and his follower.

  • It is no flatterer, it is no follower; it never appeals from itself.

    Essays, First Series

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • He is their leader and not their follower, but in order to lead he must also follow.

    Gorgias

    Plato

  • And paradise is for her who makes a follower of Moosa into a follower of Mohammed.

    The Scapegoat

    Hall Caine


British Dictionary definitions for follower

follower

noun

a person who accepts the teachings of another; disciple; adherenta follower of Marx
an attendant or henchman
an enthusiast or supporter, as of a sport or team
(esp formerly) a male admirer
rare a pursuer
a machine part that derives its motion by following the motion of another part
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Word Origin and History for follower
n.

Old English folgere "retainer, servant, disciple; successor," agent noun from follow. Related: Followers.

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