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

Jones would arrive the following January at age 17, with many expecting the former Under Armour All-American to challenge Franks for the starting job. Edgar Thompson, orlandosentinel.com, "UF QB Emory Jones patiently waits his chance while earning respect of teammates," 10 Aug. 2019 Adult sports Albany Recreation: Registration open for the following sports: softball (men’s and coed), soccer, kickball, basketball, pickleball leagues held at Ocean View Park and Albany High School. Bay Area News Group, The Mercury News, "What’s Happening sports briefs for Aug. 9," 7 Aug. 2019 Her unborn baby died and Kincaid was put on life support, however, doctors pronounced her dead the following day, a GoFundMe set up for the family said. Robyn Merrett, PEOPLE.com, "Boxer Who Live-Streamed Himself After DUI Crash That Killed a Pregnant Woman Sentenced 10 Years," 28 June 2019 Li was apprehended in a Blackhawk motel the following day, the DA’s news release said. Carina Julig, The Denver Post, "18-year-old man charged in connection with Green Valley Ranch homicide," 25 June 2019 July 27, 201902:59 Eight people injured in Saturday's clashes remained hospitalized the following morning. Matt Bradley, NBC News, "Hong Kong protesters defy police, resume rallies despite violence," 28 July 2019 Teachers are scheduled to report for an institute day the following morning. Karen Berkowitz, chicagotribune.com, "North Shore School District 112, teachers union bring in mediator with contract close to expiring," 26 July 2019 The following morning, Republican leaders, including McCarthy and Cheney, huddled at the vice president's residence to figure out how to deal with the danger of the chant catching on. Anchorage Daily News, "‘He always doubles down’: Inside the political crisis caused by Trump’s racist tweets," 21 July 2019 Everything from a tent to a grill to a cooler can be dropped off right at your doorstep the following morning. Kelsey Butler, USA TODAY, "Have a memorable backyard campout tomorrow: items you can order for delivery," 19 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Friedman has been growing a loyal following by posting GIFs and videos of unhittable pitches thrown by some of the best in the game. Laurence Miedema, The Mercury News, "Dream come true for A’s golden-armed phenom," 3 Aug. 2019 Nipple reveal can be a problem with bralettes, especially the unadorned stretch jersey styles that have followings among teenagers and millennials. Linda Dyett, New York Times, "The Bralette Is Back. This Time Blouses Are Optional.," 31 July 2019 The nationally televised event, which traces its origins back to the 1970s, has found a loyal following throughout the country. Currie Engel, Time, "Why a Hot Dog Eating Contest Became a Fourth of July Tradition for So Many Americans," 6 July 2019 Moore has a strong following among Alabama's evangelical voters, support that propelled him to twice being elected as the state's chief justice. Kim Chandler, chicagotribune.com, "Alabama’s Roy Moore might announce another run for the U.S. Senate this week," 18 June 2019 Their efforts yielded local acclaim and a loyal following among bloggers and brewers such as Garcia and Highland Park Brewery’s Bob Kunz. David Klein, latimes.com, "What goes into an $899 bottle of beer? Lots of coconut and hype," 10 June 2019 In spite, or perhaps because, of its demands, John Coltrane’s final album, Interstellar Space, has always enjoyed a following among saxophonists. Adam Shatz, The New York Review of Books, "Adam Shatz," 6 June 2019 D’Souza, for the uninitiated, is an all-star Twitter troll with a robust following among the Rosanne Barr set. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "One crazy summer for Trump and Mueller," 1 June 2018 Though, the Dobre Brothers team now includes all four brothers, Lucas and Marcus still upload to their separate YouTube channel, which has built a following of more than 16 million subscribers and nearly 4 billion views. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "The Dobre Brothers' Net Worth Is Out of This World," 18 July 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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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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