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following

[fol-oh-ing]
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; Middle English folwing. See follow, -ing1, -ing2

nonfollowing, adjective
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following (ˈfɒləʊɪŋ)
 
adj
1.  a.  (prenominal) about to be mentioned, specified, etc: the following items
 b.  (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
 
n
3.  a group of supporters or enthusiasts: he attracted a large following wherever he played
 
prep
4.  as a result of: he was arrested following a tip-off
 
usage  The use of following to mean as a result of is very common in journalism, but should be avoided in other kinds of writing

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following
c.1300, action of the verb follow. Meaning a body of disciples or retainers is from mid-15c.
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