follower

noun fol·low·er \ ˈfä-lə-wər \

Definition of follower

1 a :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

Examples of follower in a Sentence

  1. The party drew most of its followers from among young people.

  2. The band has a large group of followers.

  3. He had a reputation of being a follower, not a leader.

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First Known Use of follower

before 12th century

Synonym Discussion of follower

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

FOLLOWER Defined for English Language Learners

follower

noun

Definition of follower for English Language Learners

  • : 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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