following

[ fol-oh-ing ]
/ ˈfɒl oʊ ɪŋ /

noun

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.

adjective

that follows or moves in the same direction: a following wind.
that comes after or next in order or time; ensuing: the following day.
that is now to follow; now to be mentioned, described, related, or the like: Check the following report for details.

Origin of following

First recorded in 1250–1300, following is from the Middle English word folwing. See follow, -ing1, -ing2

Related forms

non·fol·low·ing, adjective

Definition for following (2 of 2)

Origin of follow

before 900; Middle English folwen, Old English folgian; cognate with Old Saxon folgon, Old High German folgēn, folgōn (German folgen)

SYNONYMS FOR follow

3 obey.
19 arise, proceed. Follow, ensue, result, succeed imply coming after something else, in a natural sequence. Follow is the general word: We must wait to see what follows. A detailed account follows. Ensue implies a logical sequence, what might be expected normally to come after a given act, cause, etc.: When the power lines were cut, a paralysis of transportation ensued. Result emphasizes the connection between a cause or event and its effect, consequence, or outcome: The accident resulted in injuries to those involved. Succeed implies coming after in time, particularly coming into a title, office, etc.: Formerly the oldest son succeeded to his father's title.

Related forms

fol·low·a·ble, adjectiveun·fol·low·a·ble, adjectiveun·fol·lowed, adjectivewell-fol·lowed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for following (1 of 2)

following

/ (ˈfɒləʊɪŋ) /

adjective

  1. (prenominal) about to be mentioned, specified, etcthe following items
  2. (as noun)will the following please raise their hands?
(of winds, currents, etc) moving in the same direction as the course of a vessel

noun

a group of supporters or enthusiastshe attracted a large following wherever he played

preposition

as a result ofhe was arrested following a tip-off

usage

The use of following to mean as a result of is very common in journalism, but should be avoided in other kinds of writing

British Dictionary definitions for following (2 of 2)

follow

/ (ˈfɒləʊ) /

verb

noun

billiards snooker
  1. a forward spin imparted to a cue ball causing it to roll after the object ball
  2. a shot made in this way

Derived Forms

followable, adjective

Word Origin for follow

Old English folgian; related to Old Frisian folgia, Old Saxon folgōn, Old High German folgēn
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Idioms and Phrases with following

follow


In addition to the idioms beginning with follow

  • follow along
  • follow in someone's footsteps
  • follow one's nose
  • follow out
  • follow suit
  • follow the crowd
  • follow through
  • follow up

also see:

  • as follows
  • camp follower
  • hard act to follow
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