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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

In addition to being a talented performer with 14.5 million Instagram followers, his bright dye jobs, innovative hairstyles, and experimental eye makeup have sparked beauty trends in K-pop since EXO debuted in 2012. Devon Abelman, Allure, "How EXO's Baekhyun Put His Identity into Privé Alliance," 9 Mar. 2019 Simply Living Well, which boasts 177,000 followers, actually posted the answer to our pleas back in August, which Real Simple just brought to our attention. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "The Dish Cleaning Hack You Didn't Know You Needed," 20 Feb. 2019 In a narrower sense, both fights are examples of the troubling level of influence that PewDiePie holds over his 76 million followers (and counting). Aja Romano, Vox, "PewDiePie resides at the center of what seems to be a growing divide between YouTube subcultures," 14 Dec. 2018 Due to successful marketing, high-quality products and Jenner utilizing her 110 million Instagram followers, the company brought in $307 million in less than a year. Connor Whittum, Billboard, "Kylie Jenner Covers 'Forbes,' Says She Might Pass Kylie Cosmetics On to Stormi One Day," 11 July 2018 While Kim and Sel's 129 and 146 million followers blow Emma's 6.7 million out of the water, those 6.7 mill are way more engaged than Kim and Selena's fans. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Emma Chamberlain's Age and Net-Worth is Seriously Unbelievable," 27 Feb. 2019 Although the red flower might not bear particular resonance for American audiences, Eugenie's U.K. followers certainly got the message. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Princess Eugenie Shared a Touching Instagram Post on Remembrance Day," 12 Nov. 2018 Since then, followers have been keeping up with Jorstad (who moved to Denmark from her homeland of Norway last year), her husband Anders, and their two-year-old son, Mikael. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "After Giving Birth to Triplets, This Woman Posted a Seriously Honest Postpartum Stomach Photo," 24 Oct. 2018 Sears was instead a very able follower of popular taste. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "How Sears Kit Homes changed housing," 16 Oct. 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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