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



Definition of following (Entry 2 of 3)

: a group of followers, adherents, or partisans



Definition of following (Entry 3 of 3)

: subsequent to following the lecture tea was served

Synonyms & Antonyms for following

Synonyms: Adjective

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Preposition

Antonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Preposition

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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. See More
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First Known Use of following


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


15th century, in the meaning defined above


1841, in the meaning defined above

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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



Kids Definition of following (Entry 2 of 3)

: a group of fans or supporters



Kids Definition of following (Entry 3 of 3)

: right after Questions will be taken following the presentation.

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