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

Our twenty-first-century Undine would have a million followers on Instagram. Jia Tolentino, The New Yorker, "What Edith Wharton Knew, a Century Ago, About Women and Fame in America," 10 Sep. 2019 Karpf hadn’t thought Stephens, a public intellectual with more than 140,000 followers on Twitter, would even see his comment, let alone be shaken by it. Sarah Todd, Quartz at Work, "Is it ever okay to express your anger by emailing someone else’s boss?," 27 Aug. 2019 But none more so than Watkins, who has more followers on her individual Instagram account than The Wiggles’ official group page. Troy L. Smith, cleveland.com, "The Wiggles bring nearly 30 years of children’s happiness to Cleveland," 26 Aug. 2019 Ruby was a devoted follower of Christ and celebrated God through the gift of song. courant.com, "Ruby E. Newman," 25 Aug. 2019 Trump has more than 63 million followers on Twitter, and often uses his account to make significant announcements, including Friday when his tweets about trade with China sent U.S. stock and oil prices down sharply. Reuters, The Mercury News, "Trump challenges court order barring Twitter blocks," 23 Aug. 2019 Woods, however, still appears to follow the beauty mogul, who has 141 million followers on Instagram. Eric Todisco, PEOPLE.com, "Why Kylie Jenner Unfollowed Jordyn Woods on Instagram," 1 Aug. 2019 Thanks to the large number of viewers, NBA has become the most popular sports league in China, with players like Kobe Bryant having over eight million (in Chinese) followers on social media platform Weibo. Jane Li, Quartz, "Half a billion people in China watched the NBA’s latest season," 29 July 2019 Diaz has over 100,000 Twitter followers, but has deleted his account and turned his Instagram page private. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Social media personality Ray Diaz arrested in San Diego on suspicion of sexual assault," 13 July 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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