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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 followers
  • Perhaps only because its followers were forced out of their homeland by their enemies.
  • For followers of the intrepid space agency, news of the delay-or any delay, really-will surely come as no surprise.
  • Pseudo science and its followers the psychologists, herbalists, chiropractors and other hucksters should be banned.
  • Many of their existing algorithms could be aligned to bring back results bringing them closer to their core followers.
  • The younger may be more likely to be followers, more indulged or more abused depending on a particular family dynamic.
  • It's the oldest scam in movement building: tell people what they want and expect to hear and you will gain followers.
  • It's strange to hear these comments in a place formerly populated by scientists and their followers.
  • They are killing the planet by encouraging their followers to have more children than they should.
  • These patterns can tell you what roles people play in groups: you can figure out who the leader is and who the followers are.
  • The pages also open up the chance for followers to submit comments.
British Dictionary definitions for followers

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 followers

follower

n.

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

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