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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
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 One Twitter follower is even proposing a petition to stop the removal. Sonia Ramirez, Houston Chronicle, "Taco Bell updates its 2020 menu and fans aren't going to be happy," 4 Sep. 2020 Her book, according to the New York Times, is meant as an acclamation to Trump by someone who has been a loyal follower. Sarah Midkiff,, "Why Did Trump Tell Sarah Sanders To “Take One For The Team” With Kim Jong-Un?," 2 Sep. 2020 The group has been involved in a string of violent clashes in cities throughout the West Coast, and scrutiny of Patriot Prayer has intensified since a follower of the group was fatally shot Saturday night in Portland. Washington Post, "Portland killing renews focus on tactics of far-right group Patriot Prayer," 2 Sep. 2019 One set of pages is connected to Hiram Epstein (Miles Doleac), the original owner of Leti’s home and a rogue Sons of Adam follower. Ariana Romero,, "Lovecraft Country Episode 4 Recap: What The Flip Is Montrose Doing?," 6 Sep. 2020 Cutler's page also didn't come up as a follower on his estranged wife Kristin Cavallari's page. Natalie Stone,, "Jay Cutler Returns to Instagram, Shows Off His New Mini Cows That He Bought: 'We're Home'," 21 Aug. 2020 Hardly anything about it would dissuade the casual follower from double-tapping her appreciation before moving on. Kaitlyn Tiffany, The Atlantic, "The Women Making Conspiracy Theories Beautiful," 18 Aug. 2020 However, on Friday, a follower on Twitter asked Musk if the horn development was still underway, and Musk confirmed that newer versions of the electric cars will make bleating noises to alert the car up ahead. Dalvin Brown, USA TODAY, "Elon Musk says goat-mimicking horn sounds are 'definitely coming' to Tesla fleet," 17 Aug. 2020 Another rule-follower is Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, who did not visit his ill 96-year-old mother in a nursing home during the last eight weeks of her life because of coronavirus restrictions. Sylvie Corbet, The Denver Post, "Hypocrisy gone viral? Officials set bad COVID-19 examples.," 27 May 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'follower.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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First Known Use of follower

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of follower was before the 12th century

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23 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Follower.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2020.

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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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