following

adjective
fol·low·ing | \ˈfä-lə-wiŋ \

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

chase, chasing, dogging, hounding, pursuing, pursuit, shadowing, tagging, tailing, tracing, tracking, trailing

Synonyms: Preposition

after, behind, below, next to, past

Antonyms: Adjective

antecedent, foregoing, precedent, preceding, previous, prior

Antonyms: Preposition

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

The following morning, protesters will be waiting for him, again, in front of Chequers, the country house outside London where he is expected to meet Mrs. May for breakfast. New York Times, "Where Trump Goes in Britain, Protesters Will Follow," 9 July 2018 Tebo and Gahan spoke on the phone about the incident, and Gahan instructed Tebo to follow up with the boys' parents the following morning, to determine whether police or social services needed to be contacted. Nicole Aimone, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Waukesha School District administrator didn't report student's sexual assault, complaint says," 6 July 2018 The lions were set to be tranquilized the following morning so authorities could search the area for clues. USA TODAY, "Pride of lions eat suspected 'rhino poachers' on South African game reserve," 5 July 2018 The behemoth piece of farm equipment has been MIA since an outbreak of severe weather in southeast Montana and western South Dakota, according to the National Weather Service, which surveyed the storm damage the following morning. Angela Fritz, Washington Post, "Missing: Five-ton tractor, last seen tossed by tornado on South Dakota farm," 3 July 2018 Survivors of the attack stayed on the job that afternoon and evening, filing stories and photographs from the back of a pickup truck and getting the paper onto its subscribers’ doorsteps the following morning and every morning since. Nicholas Bogel-burroughs, baltimoresun.com, "American Society of News Editors calls for global moment of silence to honor Capital Gazette shooting victims," 3 July 2018 The following morning, Vallejo told her cousin what occurred. Erin Stone, SFChronicle.com, "Woman alleges rape by Caltrain conductor, San Mateo DA declines to charge," 3 July 2018 The following morning, Hawk walked the streets of L.A. searching for Spencer’s car; it had been valeted at a restaurant instead of the hotel. Jacob Feldman, SI.com, "How Does an Action Sports Superstar Age? Tony Hawk Is Figuring It Out on the Fly," 2 July 2018 The following morning our running shoes were frozen solid and a family member who will go unnamed burned their laces while defrosting their shoes over the flame of the stove. Holly Brooks, Anchorage Daily News, "When the Brooks family ventured to the Brooks Range for a summer adventure, winter reared its head," 1 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The musician has enjoyed a large and dedicated following of LGBTQ fans that have connected with his music, but Brendon has kept most details about his own sexuality vague until now. Lindsey V Thompson, Teen Vogue, "Brendon Urie of Panic! At The Disco Came Out as Pansexual," 6 July 2018 At one point, Longaberger brought in $525 million in revenue, and claimed a strong following in the Midwest, as previously reported by The Wall Street Journal. Lillian Rizzo, WSJ, "Maker of Longaberger Baskets Seeks Bankruptcy Protection," 29 June 2018 Both Craig and Montgomery said the time is right for women’s sports to garner a robust following from Houston fans, not least because of the wealth of talent in the Bayou City and surrounding areas. Carissa D. Lamkahouan, Houston Chronicle, "Sisters excited to lead women’s basketball team," 15 June 2018 Despite glowing reviews and a cult-like following of eager buyers, new Model 3s have trickled out of Tesla's factories months behind schedule. The Washington Post, OregonLive.com, "Tesla, still losing money, is also shedding jobs," 12 June 2018 Federal prosecutors in Brooklyn have accused Raniere of forming a barbaric secret society within NXIVM, a group that over the years has attracted a following of minor celebrities and wealthy people. NBC News, "NXIVM founder Keith Raniere's lawyers call Justice Department 'morality police'," 6 June 2018 Known for an uncannily powerful voice that belied her petite frame, the 22-year-old singer had amassed a devoted following on YouTube before achieving mainstream success as a finalist on the NBC competition show The Voice. Jeff Weiner, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Christina Grimmie's murder explored in new podcast series from the Orlando Sentinel," 6 June 2018 Allen has amassed a statewide following of conservatives by leading the charge to persuade voters to repeal increases in the state's gas tax and vehicle fees approved last year by the Democratic majority. Patrick Mcgreevy, latimes.com, "Travis Allen hopes voter anger over the gas tax will propel him from GOP backbencher to governor," 25 May 2018 Hardiman was the first in his family to graduate from college, helped pay for his education by driving a taxi, and now is a federal appeals court judge in Pittsburgh, an area of Pennsylvania where Trump has a strong political following. Philip Rucker And Seung Min Kim, chicagotribune.com, "'We have to pick a great one': Inside Trump's plan for a new Supreme Court justice," 1 July 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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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 \

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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