adjective \ˈfä-lə-wiŋ\

: coming next

: listed or shown next

Full Definition of FOLLOWING

:  being next in order or time <the following day>
:  listed or shown next <trains will leave at the following times>

Examples of FOLLOWING

  1. She found a good job, and moved into a new house the following year.
  2. We met again the following day.
  3. Trains will leave at the following times: 2 p.m., 4 p.m., and 8 p.m.
  4. If you have questions or comments, please write to us at the following address: P.O. Box 234,….

First Known Use of FOLLOWING

15th century



: a group of followers or fans

Full Definition of FOLLOWING

:  a group of followers, adherents, or partisans

Examples of FOLLOWING

  1. The band has a large and devoted following in Japan.
  2. The movement quickly gained a following among young people.

First Known Use of FOLLOWING

15th century



: immediately after (something)

Full Definition of FOLLOWING

:  subsequent to <following the lecture tea was served>

Examples of FOLLOWING

  1. Following the lecture, refreshments were served.
  2. We were tired for a few days following our trip.

First Known Use of FOLLOWING

circa 1926

Related to FOLLOWING

après, behind, below, after, next to, past
afore [chiefly dialect], ahead of, before, ere, of, previous to, prior to, to


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