fol·​low·​er ˈfä-lə-wər How to pronounce follower (audio)
: one in the service of another : retainer
: one that follows the opinions or teachings of another
: one that imitates another
archaic : one that chases
: a sheet added to the first sheet of an indenture or other deed
: a machine part that receives motion from another part
: a spring-loaded plate at the bottom of a firearm's magazine that angles cartridges for proper insertion into the chamber
: one who subscribes to a feed especially on social media
His account has thousands of followers.
Choose the Right Synonym for 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

Example Sentences

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.
Recent Examples on the Web Bankman-Fried received loans for trading capital from wealthy members of the Effective Altruism community, of which Bankman-Fried was said to be a follower. Byluisa Beltran, Fortune, 29 Nov. 2022 The Chilean press reports that Chilean President Gabriel Boric is a follower of the Bolivian Marxist and former guerrilla. Mary Anastasia O’grady, WSJ, 11 Sep. 2022 The account that reported him was anonymous, had one tweet and one follower on the day of the arrest, and went offline thereafter. Samanth Subramanian, The New Yorker, 10 Oct. 2022 Fans quickly commented with many LOL's and laughing emojis, one follower even writing #bazinga in reference to Bialik's co-star on The Big Bang Theory, Sheldon Cooper (Jim Parsons). Elizabeth Berry, Woman's Day, 2 Sep. 2022 One follower asked if Ferguson's dog, Obi, would have a part in the wedding. Bellamy Richardson,, 24 July 2022 This morning, to the dismay of many brand advertisers who strive to be apolitical, Musk used his 114-million-follower platform to endorse the Republican slate of candidates for tomorrow’s midterm elections. Charlie Warzel, The Atlantic, 7 Nov. 2022 But as the years went by, the Koreshans’ population dwindled, with the last follower deeding the park to the state in 1961. Grethel Aguila, Orlando Sentinel, 3 Nov. 2022 Krenwinkel became the state’s longest-serving female inmate when fellow Manson follower Susan Atkins died of cancer in prison in 2009. Don Thompson, USA TODAY, 17 Oct. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of follower was before the 12th century

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“Follower.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2022.

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fol·​low·​er ˈfäl-ə-wər How to pronounce follower (audio)
: one who subscribes to a feed especially on social media

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