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
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 Thankfully, her followers proved that the world isn’t entirely unkind. Christina Oehler, Health.com, "Katie Sturino Claps Back at Trolls Who Shamed Both Her and Meghan Markle’s Bodies," 15 Nov. 2019 Some of his followers believe that the ex-president is anti-white. The Economist, "Rainbow resignation Evo Morales leaves Bolivia dangerously divided," 14 Nov. 2019 His followers and many GOP politicians apparently have lost the backbone to criticize him. Dp Opinion, The Denver Post, "Letters: Another proposition rejected for schools, roads (11/10/19)," 10 Nov. 2019 This test is satisfying for the Bloodhound team as well as its followers, because the project has been plagued with problems for almost its entire lifetime. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "The Bloodhound LSR Is Halfway to Its 1,000-MPH Dream," 8 Nov. 2019 Brown then went on to call out the fact that President Donald Trump has involved himself in the show, repeatedly asking his Twitter followers to vote for Spicer. Laura Hanrahan, Woman's Day, "'DWTS' Star Karamo Brown Admits Sean Spicer 'Can't Dance' Among Recent Show Controversy," 6 Nov. 2019 Chad Veach, another friend of the Smiths, leads L.A.’s Zoe Church, which counts Chris Pratt, Katherine Schwarzenegger, and Ashley Benson among its followers. Jennifer Swann, Marie Claire, "Will Worship for Likes," 6 Nov. 2019 When the Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh and his followers came to Oregon in the early 1980s to establish a commune on the the site of what was then known as the Big Muddy Ranch, near Antelope, locals had strong reactions. oregonlive, "Ma Anand Sheela, of Oregon’s Rajneesh saga and ‘Wild Wild Country’ fame, will star in new Netflix documentary," 1 Nov. 2019 The words sparked intrigue across the web, with click-hungry social accounts asking followers which La Liga club the veteran striker could be turning up at in the near future? SI.com, "Why Zlatan Ibrahimovic Won't Sign for a Spanish Club Despite Social Media Tease," 30 Oct. 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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The first known use of follower was before the 12th century

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follower

noun
How to pronounce follower (audio)

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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