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follower

[fol-oh-er] /ˈfɒl oʊ ər/
noun
1.
a person or thing that follows.
2.
a person who follows another in regard to his or her ideas or belief; disciple or adherent.
3.
a person who imitates, copies, or takes as a model or ideal:
He was little more than a follower of current modes.
4.
an attendant, servant, or retainer.
5.
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.
6.
British Informal. a boyfriend or suitor, especially of a maidservant.
7.
Machinery. a part receiving motion from or following the movements of another part, especially a cam.
8.
Engineering, Building Trades. a concrete form attached to the head of a timber pile to permit casting of a concrete cap or pier.
Origin
900
before 900; Middle English folwer, Old English folgere. See follow, -er1
Synonyms
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.
Antonyms
2. opponent, adversary, enemy, foe.
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Examples from the web for follower
  • 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 position.
  • 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.
  • She is cautious by nature, more a follower than a leader.
  • The east is a good follower trudging the same western economic theories and philosophies.
  • It is difficult to sway a cult follower, they inevitably become recruiters to the cause.
  • He doesn't seem to be a follower into things that don't seem right to him.
  • So its better to be the not-so-blind follower of many, than to be the blind follower of one.
  • The discovery of her music videos quickly converted me into a camp follower.
British Dictionary definitions for follower

follower

/ˈfɒləʊə/
noun
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 and History for follower
n.

Old English folgere "retainer, servant, disciple; successor," agent noun from follow. Related: Followers.

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