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following

adjective

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(Entry 1 of 4)

being the one that comes immediately after another
  • the following morning, I found the cat was gone

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following

noun

Synonyms of following (Entry 2 of 4)

1 a body of employees or servants who accompany and wait on a person
  • a prince with a large following to do practically everything for him

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2 a group of people showing intense devotion to a cause, person, or work (as a film)
  • that rock star attracts quite a following

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3 the act of going after or in the tracks of another
  • took part in the following of the coyote

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following

preposition

Synonyms & Antonyms of following (Entry 3 of 4)

subsequent to in time or order
  • following the concert, there will be refreshments in the lobby

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following

verb
present participle of follow

Synonyms & Antonyms of following (Entry 4 of 4)

1 to come after in time
  • a wrap-up always follows the Super Bowl broadcast

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2 to go after or on the track of
  • let's follow the boys to their hiding place

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4 to make one's way through, across, or over
  • followed the path into the garden

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6 to keep one's eyes on
  • stood on the platform and followed the departing train until it disappeared from sight

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“Following.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/following. Accessed 16 Sep. 2021.

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