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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
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 Dunne said an official team lead should always be designated based on who is best for the project, but that doesn’t mean that everyone becomes a follower. Keith Ferrazzi, Forbes, "Verizon Doubles Down On Team Dynamics And Prospers During Pandemic," 12 Apr. 2021 According to researchers at the Cybersecurity for Democracy project at New York University, far-right purveyors of misinformation have by far the highest levels of engagement per follower compared to any other category of news source. Gilad Edelman, Wired, "Fake News Gets More Engagement on Facebook—But Only If It's Right-Wing," 3 Mar. 2021 Far-right sources of news and information that spread misinformation have even higher engagement than far-right sources overall, generating on average 65% more engagement per follower, according to the study. Jessica Guynn, USA TODAY, "What's popular on Facebook? Extreme far right political views and lies, study says," 3 Mar. 2021 His sidekick, the naive and loyal follower Sancho Panza, accompanies him on his misguided journey. Star Tribune, "Readers Write: Bob Kroll's departure, 'gaslighting' at the Legislature, Capitol insurrection," 12 Jan. 2021 Within less than five months, Abraham Piper’s follower count on TikTok has almost caught up with his father’s one million on Twitter. New York Times, "A Pastor’s Son Becomes a Critic of Religion on TikTok," 12 Apr. 2021 Sometimes being a leader also meant being a follower. Chris Megerian, Los Angeles Times, "Review: Belly up to the bar with John Boehner for nostalgic tales of government paralysis," 9 Apr. 2021 As of mid-March, her follower count had grown to 12,100 with her videos garnering more than 55,000 likes., "One South Boston woman brings her antiquing journey to TikTok, 60 seconds at a time," 28 Mar. 2021 Rachel was responding to a follower who shared that Rachel was privileged. Janice Gassam Asare, Forbes, "Your Allyship Is Performative If You Can’t Take Accountability," 5 Apr. 2021

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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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3 May 2021

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“Follower.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 May. 2021.

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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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