following

adjective
fol·​low·​ing | \ˈfä-lə-wiŋ \

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, Breedlove returned with authority—and the engine from an F-4 Phantom—and breached 600mph. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Bloodhound SSC: How do you build a car capable of 1,000mph?," 24 Nov. 2018 The following year, nearly 5,000 egg-freezing cycles were performed in the U.S., according to the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology; the most recent data, for 2016, puts the annual tally near 9,000. Laura Regensdorf, Vogue, "At 35, I Went to a Millennial Egg-Freezing Clinic—and Now I’m Rethinking My Future," 12 Nov. 2018 The following year, Donald Trump seized momentum in the Republican presidential primary by attacking immigration as a threat to Americans’ personal and national security, and Sessions saw an opportunity. Dara Lind, Vox, "Jeff Sessions gave Trump the immigration crackdown he wanted," 7 Nov. 2018 The following year, the estimate was 56,000 people. Cathleen O'grady, Ars Technica, "A look at the virus behind seven deaths at a New Jersey facility," 25 Oct. 2018 The following year, the goal is to put a lander down softly on the moon's surface and to deploy data-gathering rovers from the craft. Mike Wall, Space.com, "Japanese Startup ispace to Launch Moon Lander Missions on SpaceX Rockets," 26 Sep. 2018 In 2017, a TCL executive reportedly said a Palm phone would arrive the following year. Jacob Kastrenakes, The Verge, "The Palm smartphone reboot is shaping up to be disappointing," 7 Aug. 2018 These technologies are used to track our consumers and platform users, including for the following reasons: To track new visitors to our platforms. The Editors, Outside Online, "About Our Ads," 10 July 2018 Consider the following scenario: A U.S. armored column is flying down a highway in the desert, a narrow strip of asphalt among thousands of square miles of sand dunes. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "DARPA Invents Wheels That Instantly Morph Into Triangular Tank Tracks," 25 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

From Jennifer Lawrence to Victoria Beckham, Nars Orgasm Blush has amassed a massive following of fans. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "What Nars's Orgasm Blush Looks Like on 17 Different Skin Tones," 16 Oct. 2018 The band had a fanatical following of teenagers and sold more than 100 million records, but Mr. Longmuir left the group in 1976 because of depression. Washington Post, "Alan Longmuir, co-founder of the Bay City Rollers, dies at 70," 3 July 2018 Taylor Swift’s irresistible tunes have earned her a cult-like following of millions across the globe. Lukas Mikelionis, Fox News, "Taylor Swift can't seem to shake off stalking suspects, Internet kooks," 25 Apr. 2018 More importantly, Trump lacks the organized following of Taft, while today’s more conventional Republicans are considerably more organized than Roosevelt’s followers were. Christopher Baylor, Vox, "The post-Trump GOP looks a lot like the pre-Trump GOP," 6 Apr. 2018 In July 2018, Beat criticized former Drag Race competitors via Twitter for not using their social media followings to speak out more forcefully against Trump. Daniel Villarreal, Vox, "Drag queens are more political than ever. Can they lead a movement?," 5 Nov. 2018 Dua Lipa celebrated an Instagram milestone this week in a look that certainly would have turned heads with or without her massive following. Avery Matera, Teen Vogue, "Dua Lipa Wore Thigh-High Y/Project UGG Boots," 11 Sep. 2018 Many journalists with robust Twitter pages saw their followings reduced, although some took it in stride. Julia Jacobs, New York Times, "In Twitter Purge, Top Accounts Lose Millions of Followers," 12 July 2018 Twitter's changes come after some of its users have come under fire for artificially boosting their followings by purchasing followers. Natalie Jarvey, The Hollywood Reporter, "Donald Trump, Katy Perry Hit By Twitter Follower Purge," 12 July 2018

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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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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 \

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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