follower

noun
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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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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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 Harrell will sometimes wade into conversations to remind followers about the importance of nonviolence. Jenice Armstrong, Philly.com, "Instagram's No Gun Zone is out to make Philly's mean streets safer | Jenice Armstrong," 11 July 2018 Processed foods, refined sugar, dairy, salt, and more are not allowed in the diet — many followers claim the body isn’t equipped to digest such foods. Erik S. Hanley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "St. Francis-based Charlee Bear acquires paleolithic pet food brand Hound & Gatos," 11 July 2018 Many of the Sakyong’s followers are praying for him. Andy Newman, New York Times, "The ‘King’ of Shambhala Buddhism Is Undone by Abuse Report," 11 July 2018 The followers executed were Masami Tsuchiya, 53; Seiichi Endo, 58; Tomomitsu Niimi, 54; Yoshihiro Inoue, 48; Tomomasa Nakagawa, 55; and Kiyohide Hayakawa, 68. Washington Post, BostonGlobe.com, "Japan executes Aum cult leader and six members linked to sarin gas attacks," 6 July 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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follower

noun

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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