Origin of following
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- 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.
- to pursue closely and tenaciously.
- to increase the effectiveness of by further action or repetition.
- to pursue to a solution or conclusion.
Origin of follow
Synonyms for follow
Antonyms for follow
Related Words for followingsubsequent, coming, ensuing, successive, consecutive, succeeding, audience, hinder, then, latter, pursuing, back, posterior, specified, attendant, trailing, serial, rear, resulting, patronage
Examples from the Web for following
Contemporary Examples of 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
Historical Examples of following
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.
Therefore you get the following sentence, "I believe I saw a giraffe."
Sparrow could have all the money he needed upon the following condition.
Many tracks were seen, following mine and Windich's for several miles.
- (prenominal)about to be mentioned, specified, etcthe following items
- (as noun)will the following please raise their hands?
- to play a card of the same suit as the card played immediately before it
- to do the same as someone else
- a forward spin imparted to a cue ball causing it to roll after the object ball
- a shot made in this way
Word Origin for follow
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].
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
- as follows
- camp follower
- hard act to follow