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following

adjective fol·low·ing \ ˈfä-lə-wiŋ \
|Updated on: 21 Jun 2018

Definition of following

1 : being next in order or time
  • the following day
2 : listed or shown next
  • trains will leave at the following times

Examples of following in a Sentence

  1. She found a good job, and moved into a new house the following year.

  2. We met again the following day.

  3. Trains will leave at the following times: 2 p.m., 4 p.m., and 8 p.m.

  4. If you have questions or comments, please write to us at the following address: P.O. Box 234,….

Recent Examples of following from the Web

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First Known Use of following

15th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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following

noun

Definition of following

: a group of followers, adherents, or partisans

Examples of following in a Sentence

  1. The band has a large and devoted following in Japan.

  2. The movement quickly gained a following among young people.

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First Known Use of following

15th century

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following

preposition

Definition of following

: subsequent to
  • following the lecture tea was served

Examples of following in a Sentence

  1. Following the lecture, refreshments were served.

  2. We were tired for a few days following our trip.

First Known Use of following

1870

in the meaning defined above

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following Synonyms

Synonyms

after, behind, below, next to, past;

Near Antonyms

toward (or towards);

Related Words

since;



FOLLOWING Defined for English Language Learners

following

Definition of following for English Language Learners

  • : coming next

  • : listed or shown next


following

Definition of following for English Language Learners

  • : a group of followers or fans


following

Definition of following for English Language Learners

  • : immediately after (something)


FOLLOWING Defined for Kids

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following

adjective fol·low·ing \ ˈfä-lə-wiŋ \

Definition of following for Students

: coming just after
  • the following page

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following

noun

Definition of following for Students

: a group of fans or supporters

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following

preposition

Definition of following for Students

: right after
  • Questions will be taken following the presentation.


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