a person or thing that follows.
a person who follows another in regard to his or her ideas or belief; disciple or adherent.
a person who imitates, copies, or takes as a model or ideal: He was little more than a follower of current modes.
an attendant, servant, or retainer.
a person who follows or subscribes to another's posts on a social-networking website: He spent hours figuring out how to get more followers on Twitter.
British Informal. a boyfriend or suitor, especially of a maidservant.
Machinery. a part receiving motion from or following the movements of another part, especially a cam.
Engineering, Building Trades. a concrete form attached to the head of a timber pile to permit casting of a concrete cap or pier.

before 900; Middle English folwer, Old English folgere. See follow, -er1

2. supporter. Follower, adherent, partisan refer to someone who demonstrates allegiance to a person, a doctrine, a cause, and the like. Follower often has an implication of personal relationship or of slavish acquiescence. Adherent a more formal word, has implications of active championship of a person or a point of view. Partisan ordinarily meaning a person prejudiced and unreasoning in adherence to a party, during World War II took on the meaning of a member of certain groups in occupied countries of Europe who carried on underground resistance to the Nazis.

2. opponent, adversary, enemy, foe. Unabridged
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follower (ˈfɒləʊə)
1.  a person who accepts the teachings of another; disciple; adherent: a follower of Marx
2.  an attendant or henchman
3.  an enthusiast or supporter, as of a sport or team
4.  (esp formerly) a male admirer
5.  rare a pursuer
6.  a machine part that derives its motion by following the motion of another part

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Word Origin & History

O.E. folgere retainer, servant, discipline; see follow. Related: Followers.
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Example sentences
The vote of every follower of every candidate is needed to make success certain.
All it does in a dog's mind, is show you are weak, and puts you in the follower
For several centuries afterward, anyone known to be a follower of this same
  deception was subject to a similar fate.
And productivity growth determines who is the leader and who is a follower in
  the global economy.
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