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

The following year, Morehouse held its first Gay Pride. Errin Haines Whack, The Seattle Times, "Morehouse College to admit transgender men starting in 2020," 14 Apr. 2019 On the day of the heated meeting between Maya and the town officials, Siegel ordered an inspector to inspect the building the following day, the report says. Andres Viglucci, miamiherald, "He fought Town Hall, challenged the mayor and lost. Then his home got cited. Twice. | Miami Herald," 19 Apr. 2018 Her wallet, her ID, keys for the van and a pair of surgical gloves and a partial box of ammunition were found under the back porch of a Bellingham pub the following day, the Sun reported. Robert Gearty, Fox News, "DNA leads to suspect sketches in 1987 cold case killings of young couple," 15 Apr. 2018 The championship and consolation games will take place the following day at Needham High. Dan Mcloone, BostonGlobe.com, "Winchester boys’ volleyball is hitting all the right spots," 14 Apr. 2018 Even the opening of ice cream stands for the season was met with… a blizzard the following day. John Petkovic, cleveland.com, "24 warm, exotic Cleveland bars and restaurants that beat winter (photos)," 6 Mar. 2018 Princess Eugenie’s wedding also extended beyond one day, with the newly weds also having a party the following day. Chrissy Rutherford, Harper's BAZAAR, "Cara Delevingne Texted Princess Eugenie About Her Suit Before the Wedding," 14 Nov. 2018 According to the letter, Macy’s first noticed suspicious login activity from several customer profiles on June 11 and, following an investigation, blocked all online profiles displaying suspicious activity the following day. Alex Soderstrom, ajc, "Macy’s says hackers accessed customer credit card information," 12 July 2018 The Heat next play the following day against the Charlotte Hornets, also at Cox Pavilion, at 5 p.m. Eastern on NBA TV. Ira Winderman, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Heat to face Pelicans, Hornets, Jazz to open Vegas summer league," 12 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The offering, Dimensional Fund Advisors, has $576 billion in assets under management and a strong following among independent financial advisers, said Devin Ryan,... Lisa Beilfuss, WSJ, "Robo Adviser Betterment Woos Advisers With New Funds," 11 Apr. 2019 Cohen’s films were schlocky, low-budget films that developed cult followings, spawned sequels and gained esteem for their genre reflections of contemporary social issues. Jake Coyle, The Seattle Times, "Larry Cohen, director of cult horror films, dies at 77," 25 Mar. 2019 Launching the brand in Poland allowed us to build a local following, and organically grow and gradually expand our product line. Tara Lamont-djite, Harper's BAZAAR, "This Influencer-Loved Bag Brand Has a 15,000 Person Wait List," 18 Mar. 2019 Since then, though, others have come along and carved out their own parenting styles that have developed massive cult followings. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, "Five Types of Parenting Styles, Explained — And How They Affect Kids, According to Experts," 1 Apr. 2019 Texas Democratic Senate candidate Beto O’Rourke has shattered fundraising records and developed a national following, but polls have consistently given Republican Sen. Ted Cruz a significant lead against him. Lisa Mascaro, The Seattle Times, "Senate slipping away as Dems fight to preserve blue wave," 23 Oct. 2018 La Fragua The husband-and-wife chef and waitress team behind one of the city’s most famous food empires has developed a real following over the last few decades. Jennifer M. Wood, Condé Nast Traveler, "10 Best Places for Cuban Food in Miami," 22 Mar. 2018 Over the years, Warped Tour has developed a cult-like following and helped give rise to alternative groups like Blink-182 and Metric, among others. Detroit Free Press Staff, Detroit Free Press, "Final Vans Warped Tour to make July 20 visit to Meadow Brook," 26 Feb. 2018 On top of that, Bella likely makes some money off her Instagram, taking advantage of her huge following. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Bella Hadid's Net Worth is Huge Thanks to Her Modeling Career," 22 Mar. 2019

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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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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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