[ 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.
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Origin of following
Related formsnon·fol·low·ing, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for followings
/ (ˈfɒləʊɪŋ) /
- (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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