fol·​low·​er | \ˈfä-lə-wər \

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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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

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

And now, more people are trying this trick, including South Florida stylist Olivia Smalley, who shared a video of her attempt with her nearly 140,000 followers. Marci Robin, Allure, "This Viral Hair-Curling Hack Requires a Blow-Dryer and an Empty Water Bottle," 2 Nov. 2018 Sharing the photos of herself postpartum felt like a natural continuation of the journey Jorstad has been on with followers over the past year. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "After Giving Birth to Triplets, This Woman Posted a Seriously Honest Postpartum Stomach Photo," 24 Oct. 2018 The last thing any Twitter user wants is to be accosted by one’s followers. Elizabeth Lopatto, The Verge, "After the SEC settlement, who will review Elon Musk’s tweets?," 5 Oct. 2018 Zucker also regularly posts personal photos—of bumps, scars, babies born still—sent to her by followers. . Natalie Lampert, Marie Claire, "Why Women Reeling From Miscarriage Are Turning to the Web," 1 Oct. 2018 Jake's subscriber count plummeted by over 60,000 followers while Banks' rose by 200,000 in the wake of Jake's allegations. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "A Complete Timeline of Jake Paul's Biggest Controversies," 26 Sep. 2018 Iran banned the Baha’i religion, which was founded in 1844 by a Persian nobleman considered a prophet by followers. Maggie Michael, The Seattle Times, "Amnesty decries Houthi prosecution of Bahais in Yemen," 18 Sep. 2018 The 22-year-old then shared with her followers how balancing trying to plan a wedding, school, finding a place to live, and her art business has become overwhelming at times. Eileen Reslen, Good Housekeeping, "Jacob Roloff's Fiancée Isabel Rock Just Revealed Their Wedding Date," 13 Sep. 2018 Charles is a 19-year-old beauty guru with 7.6 million Instagram followers and 7.8 million subscribers on YouTube. Cheryl Wischhover, Vox, "The shady world of beauty influencers and the brands that pay them, explained," 31 Aug. 2018

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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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