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

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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective When asked about the union's allegations and whether US Foods was adequately protecting its employees and customers from COVID-19, a company spokesperson issued the following response. Perry Vandell, The Arizona Republic, "US Foods workers in Arizona threaten to strike over COVID-19 issues," 31 July 2020 The following interview was told to Megan Decker and edited for length and clarity. Megan Decker, refinery29.com, "We Just Reopened Our L.A. Hair Salon — & A Second Shutdown Is Crushing," 29 July 2020 That tier kicks in when patients present with two of the following clinical signs: Chills or shivers, fever, muscle pain, headache, sore throat or new loss of taste and smell. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, "Covid-19 symptoms: What we know now and what to do," 10 July 2020 Other types of bulbs, such as tulips and daffodils, need to be planted in the fall to bloom the following spring. Arricca Elin Sansone, House Beautiful, "How to Plant Bulbs in Your Garden," 9 July 2020 The following locations were listed as closing in the company's bankruptcy filing. Kelly Tyko, USA TODAY, "Sur La Table files for bankruptcy protection, plans to close nearly half of its stores. Here's the list.," 9 July 2020 Berman was subsequently fired the following day, June 20, after rebuffing Barr's overtures and declining to resign. Melissa Quinn, CBS News, "Ousted U.S. attorney details push by Barr to resign post or be fired," 9 July 2020 The following show will be a postgame show after the conclusion of FC Cincinnati’s second group stage match against Atlanta United FC on Thursday, July 16 at approximately 11:15 a.m. Pat Brennan, The Enquirer, "Here are the options you have for watching FC Cincinnati in the MLS Is Back Tournament," 9 July 2020 The following report compiles all significant security incidents confirmed by New York Times reporters throughout Afghanistan for the month. Fahim Abed, New York Times, "Afghan War Casualty Report: July 2020," 9 July 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Each panel will need to include the following in its members: a teacher; student; parent; non-instructional staffer, such as a custodian; a school nurse, pediatrician or adolescent health care provider; and a human resources representative. ExpressNews.com, "San Antonio officials discuss school reopening and COVID-19," 5 Aug. 2020 While building up a following on Facebook and Twitter, some of the websites have downplayed their ties to Russian intelligence or concealed funding from the Kremlin, the State Department's report found. Amanda Seitz, Star Tribune, "State Dept.: Russia pushes disinformation in online network," 5 Aug. 2020 Most of these creators agree that there is too much of an audience and a following on TikTok for it to be abandoned completely. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "TikTok’s Fashion Stars Are Not Worried About Donald Trump's Ban Threat," 3 Aug. 2020 The label, which was founded in 2002, quickly gained a huge celeb following — one that included the likes of Simpson, Jennifer Aniston, Jessica Alba, Sienna Miller, and Kristen Bell. Eva Thomas, PEOPLE.com, "Jessica Simpson Just Re-Introduced Us to the Denim Brand Celebs Wore Nonstop in the Early 2000s," 10 July 2020 The local creator has quickly amassed a following on TikTok, the trendy new social-media platform that has caught on with young social-media users around the world. Anne Nickoloff, cleveland, "Sir Yacht draws big TikTok following with Cleveland-focused videos," 8 July 2020 Will reopening now help secure the future of a 32-year-old classical organization that’s built a following on its minimalist Renaissance performance aesthetic? Peter Marks, Washington Post, "Once more unto the breach: Shakespeare returns to the Shenandoah Valley," 8 July 2020 What started as a 2017 Kickstarter campaign now attracts a loyal following, particularly in Houston where the brand was born. Charu Suri, Condé Nast Traveler, "15 Travel Beauty Products from Black-Owned Brands," 6 July 2020 Founders Joan and Walt Flowers planted their first vineyard, Camp Meeting Ridge, in 1991, and soon gained a following for their Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays from the cool, windy, far-western reaches of the Sonoma Coast. Esther Mobley, SFChronicle.com, "Flowers Vineyards just opened a stunning new tasting room in Healdsburg. Could it become the Scribe," 7 July 2020

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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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The first known use of following was in the 15th century

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Last Updated

8 Aug 2020

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“Following.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/following. Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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More Definitions for following

following

adjective
How to pronounce following (audio)

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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