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

Dan IstiteneGetty Images Since launching their official Instagram account back in April, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been very intentional about curating content that is both positive and inspiring for their followers. Ineye Komonibo, Marie Claire, "Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Shared a Moving Quote From Princess Diana," 9 Aug. 2019 The brutal murder of Tate and six others over two nights shocked the nation and introduced the world to the notorious cult leader and his followers. Jonathan Miller, CBS News, "How CBS News covered the Manson murders," 9 Aug. 2019 The murders perpetrated by Charles Manson and his followers in August 1969 happened far from Alabama -- but the arrest of one of his acolytes in Mobile brought it all close to home a few months later. al, "Alabama arrest ended Manson Family member’s flight," 8 Aug. 2019 Rush went on to talk about the erasure of bisexual people, the life expectancy of trans women and encouraged his followers to contribute to GLAAD and The Trevor Project. Lisa Respers France, CNN, "Joshua Rush is 'an out and proud bisexual man'," 7 Aug. 2019 The cult leader and his followers carved Xs into their foreheads to show their disdain for society. John Rogers, The Denver Post, "Manson prosecutor: Keep them all locked up forever," 6 Aug. 2019 Through modern, culturally-relevant advocacy campaigns that start on the red carpet RAD intends to educate, inspire, and activate fans and followers towards social progress in all areas. Neesha Arter, Vogue, "Last Night in Hollywood, Margot Robbie and Austin Butler Hosted a Cocktail Party," 24 July 2019 Bigelow, a former teacher in Albany, Georgia, with 67,500 monthly unique visitors to her site and nearly 40,000 followers on Instagram, was pleased her fans were resoundingly positive. Washington Post, "Weight loss among fat-acceptance influencers a fraught topic," 22 July 2019 So Carr took to Twitter to offer his fans and followers an opportunity for some world-wide exposure as filming began for the show that will document the team’s training camp. Jon Becker, The Mercury News, "Derek Carr makes generous offer for HBO’s ‘Hard Knocks’ series," 18 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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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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