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Adjective: following  fó-low-ing
  1. About to be mentioned or specified
    "the following items";
    - undermentioned
     
  2. Immediately following in time or order
    "the following day";
    - next
     
  3. Going, proceeding or coming after in the same direction
    "the crowd of following cars made the occasion seem like a parade"; "tried to outrun the following footsteps"
     
  4. In the desired direction
    "a following wind"
Noun: following  fó-low-ing
  1. A group of followers or enthusiasts
    - followers
     
  2. The act of pursuing in an effort to overtake or capture
    - pursuit, chase, pursual
Preposition: following  fó-low-ing
  1. As a result of
    "she was sacked following her argument with the boss";
    - after
     
  2. Coming at a later time or previous position
    "he leaves a trail of destruction following him";
    - behind, after
Verb: follow  fó-low
  1. To travel behind, go after, come after
    "The ducklings followed their mother around the pond"; "Please follow the guide through the museum"
     
  2. Be later in time
    "Tuesday always follows Monday";
    - postdate
     
  3. Be a logical consequence
    "It follows that your assertion is false";
    - fall out
     
  4. Travel along a certain course
    "follow the trail";
    - travel along
     
  5. Act in accordance with someone's rules, commands, or wishes
    "Follow these simple rules";
    - comply, abide by
     
  6. Come after in time, as a result
    "A terrible tsunami followed the earthquake";
    - come after
     
  7. Behave in accordance or in agreement with
    "Follow a pattern"; "Follow my example";
    - conform to
     
  8. Be next
    "Mary plays best, with John and Sue following"
     
  9. Choose and follow; as of theories, ideas, policies, strategies or plans
    "She followed the feminist movement";
    - adopt, espouse
     
  10. To bring something about at a later time than
    "She followed dinner with a brandy"; "He followed his lecture with a question and answer period"
     
  11. Imitate in behaviour; take as a model
    "Teenagers follow their friends in everything";
    - take after
     
  12. Follow, discover, or ascertain the course of development of something
    "We must follow closely the economic development is Cuba";
    - trace
     
  13. Follow with the eyes or the mind
    "She followed the men with the binoculars";
    - watch, observe, watch over, keep an eye on
     
  14. Be the successor (of)
    "Carter followed Ford";
    - succeed, come after
     
  15. (music) perform an accompaniment to
    "The orchestra could barely follow the frequent pitch changes of the soprano";
    - play along, accompany
     
  16. Keep informed
    "He followed on his country's foreign policies";
    - keep up, keep abreast
     
  17. To be the product or result
    - come
     
  18. Accept and follow the leadership, command or guidance of
    "Let's follow our great helmsman!"; "She followed a guru for years"
     
  19. Adhere to or practice
    "These people still follow the laws of their ancient religion"
     
  20. Work in a specific place, with a specific subject, or in a specific function
    "He follows a herpetologist";
    - be
     
  21. Keep under surveillance
    "The police had been following him for weeks but they could not prove his involvement in the bombing";
    - surveil, survey
     
  22. Follow in or as if in pursuit
    "Her bad deed followed her and haunted her dreams all her life";
    - pursue
     
  23. Grasp the meaning
    "Can you follow her argument?"; "When he lectures, I cannot follow"
     
  24. Keep to
    "follow your principles";
    - stick to, stick with

Derived forms: followings

See also: favorable [US], favourable [Brit, Cdn], pursuing, succeeding

Type of: act, analyse [Brit, Cdn], analyze [N. Amer], apply, arise, be, behave, canvas, canvass, check, check into, check out, check over, check up on, choose, copy, develop, do, ensue, examine, go, go over, grow, hang in, hang on, hoi polloi, hold on, imitate, locomote, look into, mass, masses, motion, move, movement, multitude, obey, originate, people, persevere, persist, pick out, play, practice [N. Amer], practise [Brit, Cdn], result, rise, select, simulate, spring up, study, sus [Brit], suss [Brit], suss out [Brit], take, the great unwashed, travel, understand, uprise, use

Antonym: leading, precede

Encyclopedia: Following

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