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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O.E. folgere retainer, servant, discipline; see follow. Related: Followers.
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Example sentences
Perhaps only because its followers were forced out of their homeland by their
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.
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