fol·​low·​er | \ ˈfä-lə-wər How to pronounce follower (audio) \

Definition of follower

1a : one in the service of another : retainer
b : one that follows the opinions or teachings of another
c : one that imitates another
2 archaic : one that chases
3 : a sheet added to the first sheet of an indenture or other deed
4 : a machine part that receives motion from another part
5 : a spring-loaded plate at the bottom of a firearm's magazine that angles cartridges for proper insertion into the chamber
6 : fan, devotee
7 : one who subscribes to a feed especially on social media His account has thousands of followers.

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follower, adherent, disciple, partisan mean one who gives full loyalty and support to another. follower may apply to people who attach themselves either to the person or beliefs of another. an evangelist and his followers adherent suggests a close and persistent attachment. adherents to Marxism disciple implies a devoted allegiance to the teachings of one chosen as a master. disciples of Gandhi partisan suggests a zealous often prejudiced attachment. partisans of the President

Examples of follower in a Sentence

The party drew most of its followers from among young people. The band has a large group of followers. He had a reputation of being a follower, not a leader.
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Recent Examples on the Web

Her official congressional account, @RepAOC, has 172,000 followers and was last updated Friday, as of Wednesday afternoon. Jeffery C. Mays,, "Ocasio-Cortez is sued for blocking critics on Twitter," 10 July 2019 The male partner is the leader; the female partner, the follower. Britt Peterson, Washington Post, "Can a waltz be a form of activism? Ask these same-gender ballroom dancers.," 8 July 2019 In April, the followers of Luigi Galleani sent mail bombs to 36 prominent U.S. officials. Cameron Knight,, "100 years ago, the U.S. prepared for a nationwide anarchist attack," 3 July 2019 All of this has gained the 18-year-old some 7.7 million Instagram followers and 8 million YouTube subscribers and in less two years, making her one of the top growing creators on YouTube in the U.S., according to the company. Taylor Lorenz, The Atlantic, "Emma Chamberlain and the Rise of the Relatable YouTuber," 3 July 2019 According to data from Socially Minded, the most progressive Democratic candidates - Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren have the most followers by a landslide. NBC News, "Meet the Press - 6.30.19," 30 June 2019 Even the most dedicated followers struggle to keep up with New York City's growing output of gender-bending art. Michelle Santiago Cortés,, "The Best Drag Shows In NYC, According To The Queens (& Kings!)," 20 June 2019 In short, Dogfish is a leader in being a loud and proud brand capable of creating the most dedicated followers. Matt Allyn, Popular Mechanics, "Dogfish Head and Sam Adams Have Officially Joined Forces," 10 May 2019 Southeast of the modern Egyptian city of Zagazig are the red granite ruins of a city sacred to the followers of the cat goddess Bastet. Irene Cordón, National Geographic, "How Egypt’s ancient city of divine cats was rediscovered," 7 May 2019

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First Known Use of follower

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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English Language Learners Definition of follower

: someone who supports and is guided by another person or by a group, religion, etc.
: a person who likes and admires (someone or something) very much
: someone who does what other people say to do

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