following

Following means "coming immediately after," as in: "My birthday was Monday. The following day, I returned the following gifts: a purple cowboy hat, a stuffed aardvark, and huge rubber duckie."

To follow is to go after. If you’re watching a TV show, when it’s over you might stay on the couch and watch the following show. As a noun, following can refer to a group of fans or a bunch of people who follow someone in the sense of believing in them. A band might have a large following, and the leader of a cult also has a devoted following. On tests, you're likely to see following used to introduce information or answer choices, as in "Which of the following triangles is an isosceles triangle."

Definitions of following
  1. noun
    the act of pursuing in an effort to overtake or capture
    synonyms: chase, pursual, pursuit
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    types:
    tracking, trailing
    the pursuit (of a person or animal) by following tracks or marks they left behind
    shadowing, tailing
    the act of following someone secretly
    stalk, stalking
    the act of following prey stealthily
    type of:
    motion, move, movement
    the act of changing location from one place to another
  2. adjective
    immediately following in time or order
    “the following day”
    synonyms: next
    succeeding
    coming after or following
  3. adjective
    going or 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”
    Synonyms:
    pursuing
    following in order to overtake or capture or as accompaniment to such pursuit
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    Antonyms:
    leading
    going or proceeding or going in advance; showing the way
    directing, directional, directive, guiding
    showing the way by conducting or leading; imposing direction on
    guiding
    exerting control or influence
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  4. adjective
    in the desired direction
    “a following wind”
    Synonyms:
    favorable, favourable
    (of winds or weather) tending to promote or facilitate
  5. adjective
    about to be mentioned or specified
    “the following items”
    synonyms: undermentioned
    succeeding
    coming after or following
  6. noun
    a group of followers or enthusiasts
    synonyms: followers
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    types:
    claque
    a group of followers hired to applaud at a performance
    faithful
    any loyal and steadfast following
    fandom
    the fans of a sport or famous person
    type of:
    hoi polloi, mass, masses, multitude, people, the great unwashed
    the common people generally
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