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: 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 The following information was gathered from police department reports and releases. Brian L. Cox, chicagotribune.com, 12 July 2021 The commission plans to meet on Monday to vote and pass the resolution, and Brody said the bridge is expected to be lit up the following day. Harmeet Kaur, CNN, 18 June 2021 Kudos to the following local students who have been named to the Dean’s List for the spring 2021 semester at Baldwin Wallace University: Stanley Bleich of Berea, a graduate of Elyria Catholic High School majoring in English and religion. Rich Heileman, cleveland, 12 June 2021 According to sheriff’s officials, Story and Derrick Harris Jr. allegedly sneaked into an Edding Drive home around 2 a.m. the following day and confronted the 44-year-old homeowner and his adult son. City News Service, San Diego Union-Tribune, 7 May 2021 Westfield is coached by Ginny Smith, mother of Braden Smith, who will lead the Westfield boys the following day. Kyle Neddenriep, The Indianapolis Star, 6 May 2021 The Reception and After The following day, a few family members and friends of Ms. Lenz’s gave the newlyweds a surprise outdoor brunch outside at the Esherick Mini-Mod, a cabin at the Sea Ranch. New York Times, 30 Apr. 2021 Darvish was particularly touched by how Clayton Kershaw asked him to be his throwing partner the following winter. Los Angeles Times, 23 Apr. 2021 The following local students were named to the University of Saint Joseph Dean’s List for the fall 2020 semester: Glastonbury residents Christopher Abraham, Brittany Damone, Clara Marler and South Glastonbury resident Allison Vignati. courant.com, 9 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The natural wine pop-up, which gained a fervent following during the pandemic for its raucous DJ dance parties and cheeky T-shirts, is taking over the Mission District space that formerly housed Thieves Tavern. Taylor Kate Brown, San Francisco Chronicle, 13 July 2021 The eldest son of former President Trump, who enjoys a strong following among many fervent Trump supporters, was very active on the campaign trail last year during his father’s unsuccessful run for re-election. Paul Steinhauser, Fox News, 10 July 2021 As for when fans can expect to see Naomi take the court, the first round of Women's Singles at the Olympics kicks off on Saturday, July 24 at 10 PM ET with the second round happening the following at the same time on Monday, July 26. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, 10 July 2021 A decade later, the company has gained a loyal following of consumers who turn to them for discovery. Dave Knox, Forbes, 6 July 2021 Combining the years of 2020 and 2021, the ceremony inducted 53 students into the Psi Chi International Honor Society for Psychology and recognized 18 students for distinction, including the following. courant.com, 2 July 2021 In a matter of months, Thuet and Brumfield had gained a loyal following. Hannah Leone, chicagotribune.com, 1 July 2021 It’s one of the most popular shows around, with a loyal following counting the days until the series returns for Season 4. oregonlive, 30 June 2021 Soon, Vega began earning a following on Twitch from all of her late-night music sessions and learning how to play other instruments including the harp and piano. Terry Collins, USA TODAY, 29 June 2021

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First Known Use of following

Adjective

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Preposition

1841, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of following was before the 12th century

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“Following.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/following. Accessed 28 Jul. 2021.

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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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