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 family enrolled in a different district the following school year. Josh Verges, Twin Cities, "Lawsuit over St. Paul teacher’s ‘achievement gap’ remarks can move forward, judge says," 8 July 2019 The following year, a different Vice writer spent a week on Modafinil. Kaitlyn Tiffany, Vox, "The all-too-understandable urge to buy a better brain," 8 July 2019 For instance, on June 3, Marci Gales from EA emailed Ford with the following message: Ford’s legal claims and likely defenses by Williamson and CAA Drummond hopes the Miami court will see the facts from his client’s vantagepoint. Michael Mccann, SI.com, "Analyzing the $100 Million Lawsuit Against Zion Williamson and CAA," 20 June 2019 The image above was sent to users, along with the following message: Woof! Tasha Robinson, The Verge, "MoviePass is staffed by dogs now, apparently," 8 Nov. 2018 The following message from CEO & Publisher Terry Egger appeared in the April 30, 2018 edition of the Daily News. Terry Egger, Philly.com, "Covering the Philadelphia Sheriff's Office: A word from the publisher," 30 Apr. 2018 The following area residents earned a spot on the University of Dayton's spring 2019 dean's list for the semester. Sam Boyer, cleveland.com, "College Corner, Medina County," 28 June 2019 As for Pan-O-Prog, the bulk of the festivities, including the carnival, parade and cruise night, will take place the following week. Zekriah Chaudhry, Twin Cities, "Here is where to see fireworks and parades on the Fourth," 27 June 2019 The following interview has been lightly edited for length and clarity. Tim Ryan Williams, Vox, "Why we need to get to know the “bad gays” of history," 26 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The internet has played a big part in the recent expansion, simply by providing a platform and allowing a more diverse array of columnists to have a voice and build a following, Gottlieb says. Jamie Ducharme, Time, "Why We Love Advice Columns, According to Psychologists," 15 July 2019 Eilish, known to walk around venues before shows to meet fans, has amassed an impressive following of young listeners who see the singer as an inspiration. Marisa Peryer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Donning fan shirts and eccentric clothing, Billie Eilish superfans get to Summerfest hours before stage gates open," 6 July 2019 And she’s built an avid following among voters impressed with her pointed questioning of Trump nominees and officials like Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh and Attorney General William Barr from her perch on the Senate Judiciary Committee. Li Zhou, Vox, "Kamala Harris’s 2020 presidential campaign and policy positions, explained," 26 June 2019 Having built influential followings on Instagram, these younger Heads have unwittingly helped turn the Grateful Dead aesthetic into a bona fide fashion trend, which is now crossing over into the worlds of streetwear and even high fashion. Ethan Varian, latimes.com, "The music of the Grateful Dead lives on. So does its fashion influence," 20 June 2019 Raniere once had an international following with a foothold in Hollywood with his self-help group, called NXIVM, that was deemed a cult by critics. Author: Tom Hays, Anchorage Daily News, "Self-help guru convicted in lurid NY sex-trafficking case," 19 June 2019 Raniere once had an international following with a foothold in Hollywood with his self-help group, called NXIVM, that was deemed a cult by critics. Tom Hays, chicagotribune.com, "Purported NXIVM self-help guru convicted in lurid sex-trafficking case," 19 June 2019 After fighting the disease privately at first, Grunewald started posting about it on social media several years ago and built up a significant following. Tom Schad, USA TODAY, "American Olympic hopeful Gabriele Grunewald dies at age 32 after battling cancer," 12 June 2019 Mackenzie keeps up with her fans on social media, boasting an impressive following. Mackenzie Dunn, Woman's Day, "Former 'Dance Moms' Star Mackenzie Ziegler Has Kept Busy Since Leaving The Show," 7 June 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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