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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Synonyms & Antonyms for follower


acolyte, adherent, convert, disciple, partisan (also partizan), pupil, votarist, votary



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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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Since the film’s release, Ms. King has gone from 600,000 to 5.4 million followers on Instagram, while Mr. Elordi’s fan base on the same platform has skyrocketed from 15,000 to 4.8 million. Bruce Fretts, New York Times, "It’s the Movie Hit of the Summer: Why ‘The Kissing Booth’ Clicked," 13 July 2018 The police department’s Facebook page posted a message to its followers on Monday night asking anyone who has information on the suspect to call or message police. Andres Picon,, "Braintree police seek public’s help identifying ‘sweatsuit razor bandit’ who stole $1,000 worth of razors," 10 July 2018 The social media prankster who goes by Doogang3x on Instagram posted a 42-second video to his 188,000 followers on his account on July 4. Howard Cohen, miamiherald, "'We about to go crazy.' Instagram prankster sets off firework inside a Miami Dollar Tree," 5 July 2018 The former Louisville Cardinals star tweeted his plea to his more than 300,000 followers in the morning. Justin Sayers, The Courier-Journal, "Donovan Mitchell uses the power of social media to find July 4 party," 5 July 2018 Following the incident, Kehlani took to Twitter to clarify what happened to her followers, stating that having to start the show 30 minutes late led the festival management to stop the show early as to abide by the curfew laws of the city. Henry Youtt, Billboard, "Kehlani Performance Suddenly Cut Short at San Francisco Pride: Watch," 25 June 2018 The adventures of Harlow, Indiana, and Reese (Sage sadly passed away in 2013) are documented on the popular page, which has racked up close to two million followers. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "The Humans Behind Famous Instagram Account 'Harlow and Sage' Are Part of the Sweetest Rescue Mission," 19 June 2018 Yusuf’s followers went into hiding before emerging under the command of Abubakar Shekau. The Economist, "The fight against Islamic State is moving to Africa," 14 July 2018 Lewis, then with over 700,000 followers, was found to be a client. Katherine Fominykh,, "Former Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis lost about half his followers in Twitter's fake account purge," 13 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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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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