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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Recent Examples on the Web

Now nearly 19 years old, Tester unfortunately has fewer Instagram followers than when the documentary filmed. Martha Sorren, refinery29.com, "In 2019, Jawline's Austyn Tester Is Still Trying To Find His Following," 24 Aug. 2019 The three-judge panel last month upheld a May 2018 lower court ruling that forced Trump to unblock several dozen followers. Reuters, The Mercury News, "Trump challenges court order barring Twitter blocks," 23 Aug. 2019 Food trucks are gourmet, with young chefs testing their concepts and Twitter followers anxiously awaiting the day’s location posting. Dave Mcintyre, Washington Post, "How about some wine with that fast-casual burger?," 23 Aug. 2019 In the parallel universe of Facebook, though, The Western Journal has been among the most popular and influential publications in America, shaping the political beliefs of more than 36 million deeply loyal readers and followers. Justin Bank, New York Times, "Big Tech, a Conservative Provocateur and the Fight Over Disinformation," 21 Aug. 2019 Today, Scragg’s Instagram account has over 33,000 devoted followers and is a central node in a small but active network of buyers and sellers who trade human remains on Instagram. Oscar Schwartz, WIRED, "There’s a Thriving Market for Human Body Parts on Instagram," 21 Aug. 2019 Having let his millions of fantasy followers down in gameweek one by selfishly taking a rest on the bench, Sadio Mane bounced back in style for Liverpool against his former club Southampton. SI.com, "Fantasy Premier League: The Dream Team From Gameweek 2," 20 Aug. 2019 The Buzzfeed Tasty page on Facebook has more than 100 million followers. Doreen Christensen, sun-sentinel.com, "Walmart now lets you instantly purchase ingredients in Buzzfeed’s Tasty videos," 20 Aug. 2019 The crackdown elicited condemnation from Western countries, and attracted a new pool of followers in the United States, for whom China and communism were common adversaries. NBC News, "Trump, Qanon and an impending judgment day: Behind the Facebook-fueled rise of The Epoch Times," 20 Aug. 2019

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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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