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

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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 year, an outbreak of the same pestilence hit New Haven, followed by reports of several hundred fever deaths in Baltimore. Frederick Kaufman, The New Yorker, "Pandemics Go Hand in Hand with Conspiracy Theories," 13 May 2020 In 2016, though, she was put in charge of a new unit responsible for coordinating the government response to future outbreaks, before being named to the agency’s top job the following year. Heesu Lee, Bloomberg.com, "The Virus Hunter Showing the World How to Fight an Epidemic," 10 May 2020 The following year, Mock signed a multimillion dollar overall deal with Netflix. Kaitlin Reilly, refinery29.com, "Janet Mock’s Hollywood Is An Invitation To Stop Whitewashing," 5 May 2020 Starting April 13, children under age 18 can get meals from 9-11 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at the following locations: Adams Elementary School, 738 S. Longmore. Brinton Elementary School, 11455 E. Sunland Ave. Lily Altavena, azcentral, "Metro Phoenix school districts are running out of meals 'in minutes'," 8 Apr. 2020 The open offices are at the following locations: 260 George St., Alvin 7313 Corporate Drive, Manvel 2341 N. Galveston Ave., Pearland Error 0: 309 Plantation, Lake Jackson; and the main office at the West Annex, 451 N. Velasco, Angleton. Carissa Lamkahouan, Houston Chronicle, "How the virus has changed Brazoria County tax offices," 1 Apr. 2020 Meals are distributed to walk-up and drive-up traffic from 10 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday at the following locations: Monday — St. Stephen Church, 1018 15th St. Tuesday — Beechmont Community Center, 205 Wellington Ave. Bailey Loosemore, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville has distributed more than 50,000 meals to seniors. Here's how to get them," 30 Mar. 2020 Both the senior centers and dining sites are closed for the following locations: Asian American, Beulah Brinton, LGBT Community Center, OASIS, and United Community Center. Patricia Mcknight, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Resources for senior citizens remain a top priority during coronavirus," 25 Mar. 2020 Items may be dropped off at the following locations: Lovepacs Food Pantry (by appointment only). Teri Webster, Dallas News, "How you can help disadvantaged Plano students during coronavirus outbreak," 16 Mar. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In its more than four decades in business, Souplantation developed a loyal, almost fanatical following. Los Angeles Times, "Souplantation’s buffet-style restaurants closing for good because of the coronavirus," 7 May 2020 At seven-year-old Eastwood, a wine-and-beer bar and restaurant on Manhattan’s Lower East Side with a loyal following, co-owner Sivan Harlap said the new regulations have opened up opportunities for future business. Shana Clarke, Fortune, "Restaurants and bars hope relaxed alcohol takeout regulations will help business during coronavirus shutdown," 2 Apr. 2020 First came small indie brands — think Tatcha, Drunk Elephant and Indie Lee — that developed a loyal following but individually could not make a dent in the overall cosmetics market, Jensen said. Washington Post, "‘Clean’ beauty has taken over the cosmetics industry, but that’s about all anyone agrees on," 11 Mar. 2020 Alaska, a mostly domestic airline with a loyal following in California and the Pacific Northwest, is based in Seattle. Dawn Gilbertson, USA TODAY, "American Airlines to offer new flights to India from an unlikely place: Seattle," 13 Feb. 2020 Podcasts and YouTube channels with loyal followings charge for extra, more-intimate access to their hosts. Kaitlyn Tiffany, The Atlantic, "Close Friendship Is the Newest Thing to Buy on Instagram," 17 Sep. 2019 Under Beevers’ watch as operator, the market has picked up a loyal following and doubled its vendors, with more than 50 different places to buy everything from flowers to pasta. San Diego Union-Tribune, "La Mesa’s certified Farmers’ Market gets to keep its downtown home," 30 July 2019 With a desire to offer dim sum in a modern environment, Chen opened his first MingHin in Chicago in 2010 and enjoyed a loyal following. Jane Donahue, Naperville Sun, "MingHin brings Chinatown authenticity to Naperville," 11 June 2019 All in all, a great carry adaptation to a handgun with a loyal following. Tyler Freel, Outdoor Life, "10 Great New Handguns from SHOT Show 2019," 28 Jan. 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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22 May 2020

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“Following.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/following. Accessed 3 Jun. 2020.

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More Definitions for following

following

adjective
How to pronounce following (audio)

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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