following

adjective
fol·​low·​ing | \ ˈfä-lə-wiŋ How to pronounce following (audio) \

Definition of following

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : being next in order or time the following day
2 : listed or shown next trains will leave at the following times

following

noun

Definition of following (Entry 2 of 3)

: a group of followers, adherents, or partisans

following

preposition

Definition of following (Entry 3 of 3)

: subsequent to following the lecture tea was served

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Synonyms & Antonyms for following

Synonyms: Adjective

coming, ensuing, next, succeeding

Synonyms: Noun

cortege (also cortège), entourage, posse, retinue, suite, tail, train

Synonyms: Preposition

after, après, behind, below, next to, past

Antonyms: Adjective

antecedent, foregoing, precedent, preceding, previous, prior

Antonyms: Preposition

afore [chiefly dialect], ahead of, before, ere, of, previous to, prior to, to

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Examples of following in a Sentence

Adjective

She found a good job, and moved into a new house the following year. We met again the following day. Trains will leave at the following times: 2 p.m., 4 p.m., and 8 p.m. If you have questions or comments, please write to us at the following address: P.O. Box 234,….

Noun

The band has a large and devoted following in Japan. The movement quickly gained a following among young people.

Preposition

Following the lecture, refreshments were served. We were tired for a few days following our trip.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Update November 9, 2018: Microsoft has issued the following statement: A limited number of customers experienced an activation issue that our engineers have now addressed. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "Windows 10 users finding their legit installs are being deactivated," 8 Nov. 2018 The woman was booked on three misdemeanor charges and released the following evening, according to HeraldNet. Fox News, "Woman refuses to pull over for police because her Prius has 's---ty' tires," 25 Sep. 2018 The following evening, Scott attended Harper's Bazaar's annual Icons party, once again wearing (and purposefully showing off) a T-shirt encouraging civic responsibility. Ana Colón, Glamour, "At New York Fashion Week, Designers Had a Strong Message: Vote," 13 Sep. 2018 Jones was in Daytona Wednesday at the Speedway, drumming up publicity for the NASCAR Xfinity series race on July 6 and the NASCAR Cup race the following evening. Steven Cole Smith, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Erik Jones: Winning Daytona would be huge," 13 June 2018 The lighting and camera crews are practicing for the following evening as well. Emily Yahr, chicagotribune.com, "Last night before a huge summer concert tour? Here's what happens behind the scenes," 25 May 2018 After hosting the Globes in 2010, the British comedian was back at it the following year. Vogue, "The Most Shocking Golden Globe Moments of All Time," 3 Jan. 2019 Dumpsters will be available from May 10-13 in the following places: Northgate Park, Schwartz Park and the Aquatic Facility. Julie A. Short/special To Cleveland.com, cleveland.com, "Avon Lake announces Citizen, Projects of the Year: Short Takes on Avon, Avon Lake and North Ridgeville," 7 May 2018 The incidents happened at the following places: ● Jan. 26 at 10:35 p.m., near North Rolfe and 16th North streets. Washington Post, "Man wanted in five incidents of indecent exposure in Arlington," 3 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Some, like Helly Hansen, are household names, while others have niche cult followings: Klättermusen is apparently huge in Asia, but most were unfamiliar, at least to this American viewer, and that was a good thing. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "Scandinavian Man Stages a Non-Fashion Fashion Show in Stockholm," 6 Feb. 2019 Most of these white women have significant Instagram followings, and most of them feel immune to criticisms of cultural appropriation—at least until a controversial Twitter thread called them out last week. Casey Newton, The Verge, "A majority of Americans don’t think social networks are good for the world," 21 Nov. 2018 Joe seems to have a strong following on Twitter, though. Nick Schwartz, For The Win, "Bachelorette Power Rankings: Did Becca eliminate the wrong guys in Week 1?," 29 May 2018 But an apparent change of tack in recent weeks has seen Israel going public following strikes, which could prompt the Iranians to respond and potentially escalate the exchange of fire into a bigger conflict. Dov Lieber, WSJ, "Israel Hits Iranian Targets in Syria After Attack on Golan Heights," 21 Jan. 2019 Despite being an Olympic event since 1988, table tennis is still growing its competitive following in the United States. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "A Look Inside the Challenging and Misunderstood Sport of Table Tennis," 9 Jan. 2019 While their performances failed to attain a national following, their free-spirited satirical irreverence arguably planted a seed that would later sprout around 1980 with the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. Daniel Villarreal, Vox, "Drag queens are more political than ever. Can they lead a movement?," 5 Nov. 2018 Now the rise of the pop star and lawmaker known as Bobi Wine, who has a huge following among the urban poor, is forcing Uganda’s ruling party to seek new ways of reconnecting with voters. Rodney Muhumuza, The Seattle Times, "Can we talk? Ugandans try to coax longtime leader to leave," 17 Dec. 2018 The title match, which Atlanta is hosting at its own Mercedes-Benz Stadium, showcases MLS’s ability to grow large, rabid followings. Rachel Bachman, WSJ, "Major League Soccer Final Showcases Real Growth, Fake Grass," 7 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of following

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Preposition

1870, in the meaning defined above

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More Definitions for following

following

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of following

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: coming next
: listed or shown next

following

noun

English Language Learners Definition of following (Entry 2 of 3)

: a group of followers or fans

following

preposition

English Language Learners Definition of following (Entry 3 of 3)

: immediately after (something)

following

adjective
fol·​low·​ing | \ ˈfä-lə-wiŋ How to pronounce following (audio) \

Kids Definition of following

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: coming just after the following page

following

noun

Kids Definition of following (Entry 2 of 3)

: a group of fans or supporters

following

preposition

Kids Definition of following (Entry 3 of 3)

: right after Questions will be taken following the presentation.

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