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following

[fol-oh-ing] /ˈfɒl oʊ ɪŋ/
noun
1.
a body of followers, attendants, adherents, etc.
2.
the body of admirers, attendants, patrons, etc., of someone or something:
That television show has a large following.
3.
the following, that which comes immediately after, as pages, lines, etc.:
See the following for a list of exceptions.
adjective
4.
that follows or moves in the same direction:
a following wind.
5.
that comes after or next in order or time; ensuing:
the following day.
6.
that is now to follow; now to be mentioned, described, related, or the like:
Check the following report for details.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English folwing. See follow, -ing1, -ing2
Related forms
nonfollowing, adjective

follow

[fol-oh] /ˈfɒl oʊ/
verb (used with object)
1.
to come after in sequence, order of time, etc.:
The speech follows the dinner.
2.
to go or come after; move behind in the same direction:
Drive ahead, and I'll follow you.
3.
to accept as a guide or leader; accept the authority of or give allegiance to:
Many Germans followed Hitler.
4.
to conform to, comply with, or act in accordance with; obey:
to follow orders; to follow advice.
5.
to imitate or copy; use as an exemplar:
They follow the latest fads.
6.
to move forward along (a road, path, etc.):
Follow this road for a mile.
7.
to come after as a result or consequence; result from:
Reprisals often follow victory.
8.
to go after or along with (a person) as companion.
9.
to go in pursuit of:
to follow an enemy.
10.
to try for or attain to:
to follow an ideal.
11.
to engage in or be concerned with as a pursuit:
He followed the sea as his true calling.
12.
to watch the movements, progress, or course of:
to follow a bird in flight.
13.
to watch the development of or keep up with:
to follow the news.
14.
to keep up with and understand (an argument, story, etc.):
Do you follow me?
verb (used without object)
15.
to come next after something else in sequence, order of time, etc.
16.
to happen or occur after something else; come next as an event:
After the defeat great disorder followed.
17.
to attend or serve.
18.
to go or come after a person or thing in motion.
19.
to result as an effect; occur as a consequence:
It follows then that he must be innocent.
noun
20.
the act of following.
21.
Billiards, Pool. follow shot (def 2).
22.
follow-up (def 3).
Verb phrases
23.
follow out, to carry to a conclusion; execute:
They followed out their orders to the letter.
24.
follow through,
  1. to carry out fully, as a stroke of a club in golf, a racket in tennis, etc.
  2. to continue an effort, plan, proposal, policy, etc., to its completion.
25.
follow up,
  1. to pursue closely and tenaciously.
  2. to increase the effectiveness of by further action or repetition.
  3. to pursue to a solution or conclusion.
Idioms
26.
follow suit. suit (def 21).
Origin
before 900; Middle English folwen, Old English folgian; cognate with Old Saxon folgon, Old High German folgēn, folgōn (German folgen)
Related forms
followable, adjective
unfollowable, adjective
unfollowed, adjective
well-followed, adjective
Synonyms
3. obey. 4. heed, observe. 8. accompany, attend. 9. pursue, chase; trail, track, trace. 19. arise, proceed. Follow, ensue, result, succeed imply coming after something else, in a natural sequence. Follow is the general word: We must wait to see what follows. A detailed account follows. Ensue implies a logical sequence, what might be expected normally to come after a given act, cause, etc.: When the power lines were cut, a paralysis of transportation ensued. Result emphasizes the connection between a cause or event and its effect, consequence, or outcome: The accident resulted in injuries to those involved. Succeed implies coming after in time, particularly coming into a title, office, etc.: Formerly the oldest son succeeded to his father's title.
Antonyms
1. precede. 2, 3. lead. 4. disregard. 9. flee.
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Examples for following
  • Get a first-hand feel for scientific exploration by following the blog posts of researchers out in the field.
  • The following video illustrates rather plainly the fact that file sharing is not stealing.
  • Overindulging in wine or spirits often makes the following morning much less enjoyable.
  • From time to time eagles fly past, following the course of the river below.
  • So read on and let the following examples inspire you to curl up by the fire.
  • Add any of the following enhancements to tailor your job ad to your unique hiring needs.
  • He spent the night following the game in a hospital.
  • Surveyor makes open source robot controllers that have quite a fan following among do-it-yourself drone enthusiasts.
  • The flowers, funnel-shaped when they open in the morning, flatten as the day progresses and are dropped the following day.
  • He and his siblings gathered in the upstairs bedroom of their house, avidly following their favorite serials.
British Dictionary definitions for following

following

/ˈfɒləʊɪŋ/
adjective
1.
  1. (prenominal) about to be mentioned, specified, etc the following items
  2. (as noun) will the following please raise their hands?
2.
(of winds, currents, etc) moving in the same direction as the course of a vessel
noun
3.
a group of supporters or enthusiasts he attracted a large following wherever he played
preposition
4.
as a result of he was arrested following a tip-off
Usage note
The use of following to mean as a result of is very common in journalism, but should be avoided in other kinds of writing

follow

/ˈfɒləʊ/
verb
1.
to go or come after in the same direction he followed his friend home
2.
(transitive) to accompany; attend she followed her sister everywhere
3.
to come after as a logical or natural consequence
4.
(transitive) to keep to the course or track of she followed the towpath
5.
(transitive) to act in accordance with; obey to follow instructions
6.
(transitive) to accept the ideas or beliefs of (a previous authority, etc) he followed Donne in most of his teachings
7.
to understand (an explanation, argument, etc) the lesson was difficult to follow
8.
to watch closely or continuously she followed his progress carefully
9.
(transitive) to have a keen interest in to follow athletics
10.
(transitive) to help in the cause of or accept the leadership of the men who followed Napoleon
11.
(transitive) to choose to receive messages posted by (a blogger or microblogger) I've been following her online
12.
(transitive) (rare) to earn a living at or in to follow the Navy
13.
(cards) follow suit
  1. to play a card of the same suit as the card played immediately before it
  2. to do the same as someone else
noun
14.
(billiards, snooker)
  1. a forward spin imparted to a cue ball causing it to roll after the object ball
  2. a shot made in this way
Derived Forms
followable, adjective
Word Origin
Old English folgian; related to Old Frisian folgia, Old Saxon folgōn, Old High German folgēn
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Word Origin and History for following
n.

c.1300, verbal noun from follow (v.). Meaning "a body of disciples or retainers" is from mid-15c.

follow

v.

Old English folgian, fylgan "follow, accompany; follow after, pursue," also "obey, apply oneself to a practice or calling," from West Germanic *fulg- (cf. Old Saxon folgon, Old Frisian folgia, Middle Dutch volghen, Dutch volgen, Old High German folgen, German folgen, Old Norse fylgja "to follow").

Probably originally a compound, *full-gan with a sense of "full-going;" the sense then shifting to "serve, go with as an attendant" (cf. fulfill). Related: Followed; following. To follow one's nose "go straight on" first attested 1590s. "The full phrase is, 'Follow your nose, and you are sure to go straight.' " [Farmer].

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