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

The following year the Rohingya refugees arrived from Myanmar, and aid rose to 1.4% of GNI. The Economist, "How BRAC, the world’s biggest charity, made Bangladesh richer," 5 Sep. 2019 The first commercial product using the tech came out the following year, but it wasn't widely adopted. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "Why Amazon Wants to Scan Your Hands," 4 Sep. 2019 Since then he was charged with assault for grabbing a reporter for Breitbart News in 2016 — the charges were later dropped — and accused of slapping a pop singer the following year at a party in Washington. Jonathan Martin, New York Times, "Will Trumpism Take Deeper Root in New Hampshire?," 3 Sep. 2019 The suffrage campaign coincides with the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which was passed by Congress in June 1919 and ratified the following year. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "The Library of Congress Needs Your Help Transcribing Suffragist Papers," 31 July 2019 James remained at right tackle the following year with Miller returning and moving to the left side. Matt Kawahara, SFChronicle.com, "Raiders rookie Andre James draws inspiration from late father," 26 Aug. 2019 The following year, Ochart had to take the ACT with high schoolers. Bobby Nightengale, Cincinnati.com, "RedsXtra: How can MLB attract younger fans? Cincinnati Reds' Trevor Bauer shares some ideas," 24 Aug. 2019 Although the Senate failed to pass it that legislative session, Griffiths reintroduced it the following year. Tara Law, Time, "The U.S. Constitution Doesn’t Guarantee Equal Rights for Women. Here’s Why," 23 Aug. 2019 Indeed, Nigeria was declared polio-free in 2015 before suffering an outbreak the following year. The Economist, "Africa is on track to be declared polio-free," 21 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

It was soon picked up by Chinese nationalists with huge followings on Weibo. Shibani Mahtani, Washington Post, "With threats and propaganda, China tries to silence support for Hong Kong protests," 6 Sep. 2019 Numerous celebrities with huge social media followings, including Chrissy Teigen and Billy Eichner, encouraged a boycott. Ryan Parker, The Hollywood Reporter, "Equinox, SoulCycle Distance Themselves From Chairman's Trump Fundraiser," 7 Aug. 2019 Gauff’s record-breaking career has already earned her an international following. Jasmine Aguilera, Time, "What to Know About 15-Year-Old Cori Gauff Who Just Upset Venus Williams at Wimbledon," 1 July 2019 Health [given name unknown] Health was a popular P.U.A. who first came to prominence on Internet comment boards in early 2000, where his writing on wellness earned him a loyal following. Sara Lautman, The New Yorker, "Where Are They Now?: Notable Pickup Artists from the Golden Age of Pickup Artistry," 21 June 2019 The men’s and women’s footwear has earned a loyal following because of the designs’ springy and spongy feel, an asset to those who stand all day at work, according to the corporate website. Rene Wisely, Detroit Free Press, "Kybun Joya Shoes, sports collectibles, sushi, whiskey fill downtowns," 9 July 2018 But over time, as the company began to favor more professionally produced videos with larger followings and less risque content, some video creators said they were left behind. Wendy Lee, San Francisco Chronicle, "YouTube shooting highlights rift between YouTube, video creators," 4 Apr. 2018 Since first opening the Turkey Leg Hut in 2016, owners Lynn and Nakia Price have turned the southern-style comfort food spot into a number one restaurant with a cult-like following. Rebecca Hennes, Houston Chronicle, "Watch: Turkey Leg Hut staff help feed Houston's homeless in viral video," 26 Aug. 2019 With a following of over 21 million subscribers, Ryan rakes in big money from videos showing him enthusiastically unboxing and reviewing toys. Taylor Mooney, CBS News, "Companies make millions off kid influencers, and the law hasn't kept up," 26 Aug. 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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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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