[ fol-oh-ing ]
/ ˈfɒl oʊ ɪŋ /


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.


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


non·fol·low·ing, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Examples from the Web for followings

British Dictionary definitions for followings

/ (ˈfɒləʊɪŋ) /


  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


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


as a result ofhe was arrested following a tip-off

usage for following

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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