following

A following is a group of fans. The Beatles had a huge following. Following also means “coming after.” Rabid fans were always following the Fab Four around.

To follow is to go after, like a groupie following a rock star or a panic following an explosion. If you’re watching a TV show, when it’s over you might watch the following show. Also, a following is a bunch of people who follow someone in the sense of believing in them. The movie Blade Runner has a cult following. Sometimes when store clerks want to sound fancy, they say they can help the “following guest” when “next guest” would do.

Primary Meanings of following

1.
nadj
the act of pursuing in an effort to overtake or capture
immediately following in time or order
2.
adj
about to be mentioned or specified
3.
n
a group of followers or enthusiasts
Full Definitions of following
1

n the act of pursuing in an effort to overtake or capture

Synonyms:
chase, pursual, pursuit
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

adj immediately following in time or order

“the following day”
Synonyms:
next
succeeding
coming after or following

adj 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
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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adj in the desired direction

“a following wind”
Synonyms:
favorable, favourable
(of winds or weather) tending to promote or facilitate
2

adj about to be mentioned or specified

“the following items”
Synonyms:
undermentioned
succeeding
coming after or following
3

n a group of followers or enthusiasts

Synonyms:
followers
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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