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1. Coming next in time or order: in the following chapter.
2. Now to be enumerated: The following people will report for duty.
3. Blowing in the same direction as the course of a ship or aircraft. Used of wind.
1. A group or gathering of admirers, adherents, or disciples: a lecturer with a large following.
2. The item or items to be mentioned next: Please buy the following: milk, bread, and eggs.
Subsequent to; after: Following dinner, brandy was served in the study.


a. (prenominal) about to be mentioned, specified, etc: the following items.
b. (as noun): will the following please raise their hands?.
2. (Navigation) (of winds, currents, etc) moving in the same direction as the course of a vessel
a group of supporters or enthusiasts: he attracted a large following wherever he played.
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


(ˈfɒl oʊ ɪŋ)

1. a body of followers, attendants, adherents, etc.
2. the body of admirers, attendants, patrons, etc., of someone or something.
3. the following, that which comes immediately after, as pages or lines: See the following for a list of exceptions.
4. that comes after or next in order or time; ensuing: the following day.
5. that is now to follow.


 followers, 1450; adherents collectively.


Following is most commonly used in expressions like the following day and the following week.

Following can also be a preposition. It is usually used to indicate that one event happens after another and to some extent as a result of it.

Following that outburst, the general was banished.
Durga Lal died on February 1, following a heart attack.

Sometimes following is used simply to say that one event happens after another.

Following your introduction you will be issued with an authorised user card.
Following a day of medical research, the conference focused on educational practices.

This use is fairly common, but some people think that it is incorrect. In sentences like these, you can also use after, rather than 'following'.

...the under-funding of community care after the closure of mental hospitals.
He flew into a rage when he returned to his hotel after Algeria's 1-0 defeat by Egypt.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.following - a group of followers or enthusiastsfollowing - a group of followers or enthusiasts
hoi polloi, masses, the great unwashed, multitude, people, mass - the common people generally; "separate the warriors from the mass"; "power to the people"
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
buff, devotee, lover, fan - an ardent follower and admirer
2.following - the act of pursuing in an effort to overtake or capturefollowing - the act of pursuing in an effort to overtake or capture; "the culprit started to run and the cop took off in pursuit"
movement, move, motion - the act of changing location from one place to another; "police controlled the motion of the crowd"; "the movement of people from the farms to the cities"; "his move put him directly in my path"
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
stalking, stalk - the act of following prey stealthily
Adj.1.following - about to be mentioned or specifiedfollowing - about to be mentioned or specified; "the following items"
succeeding - coming after or following
2.following - immediately following in time or order; "the following day"; "next in line"; "the next president"; "the next item on the list"
succeeding - coming after or following
3.following - 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"
leading - going or proceeding or going in advance; showing the way; "we rode in the leading car"; "the leading edge of technology"
4.following - in the desired direction; "a following wind"
favorable, favourable - (of winds or weather) tending to promote or facilitate; "the days were fair and the winds were favorable"


1. next, subsequent, successive, ensuing, coming, later, succeeding, specified, consequent, consequential We went to dinner the following evening.
2. coming, about to be mentioned Write down the following information.
1. supporters, backing, public, support, train, fans, audience, circle, suite, patronage, clientele, entourage, coterie, retinue Rugby League enjoys a huge following.


Occurring right after another:
1. The body of persons who admire a public personality, especially an entertainer:
2. A group of attendants or followers:
أتْباع، أنْصارالأشياء التاليَهالتّاليالتَّاليّتالٍ
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1. (= next) → siguiente
the following dayel día siguiente
the following day dawned bright and sunnyel día siguiente or al día siguiente amaneció con un sol radiante
we saw him again the following daylo volvimos a ver al día siguiente
2. (= favourable) [wind] → en popa
with a following windcon un poco de suerte
with a following wind you could win the competitioncon un poco de suerte podrías ganar el torneo
B. N
1. (= supporters) [of party, movement, person] → seguidores mpl, partidarios mpl; [of product, company] → clientes mpl; [of TV programme] → audiencia f, seguidores mpl; [of sport] → afición f, aficionados mpl
he has a large following in the local communitycuenta con numerosos seguidores or partidarios entre la población local
the programme has a huge following in the USel programa tiene una enorme audiencia or muchos seguidores en EE.UU.
football has no following hereaquí no hay afición por el fútbol
2. the following: he said the followingdijo lo siguiente
do you use any of the following?¿utiliza alguna de estas cosas?
as for hardier plants, the following are all well worth tryingpor lo que respecta a plantas más resistentes, se puede probar con cualquiera de las siguientes


the following day → le jour suivant
in the following way → de la manière suivante, de la façon suivante
n (= supporters) [team] → supporters mpl
(= fans) [group, band] → public m; [sport] → public m
to attract a following [band] → attirer du public
[movement, party] → partisans mpl; [person] → disciples mplfollow-my-leader [ˌfɒləʊməˈliːdər] n (British)pigeon vole mfollow-on [ˌfɒləʊˈɒn] nsuite f
a follow-on to sth → une suite à qchfollow-through [ˌfɒləʊˈθruː] n (= further development) → suite f
follow-through to sth → suite à qch
(= movement) → accompagnement m (d'un coup)follow-up [ˌfɒləʊˈʌp]
(= second part) → suite f
(= next book, record, film) → successeur m
a follow-up to sth → un successeur de qch
(= subsequent) [study] → de suivi; [meeting] → complémentaire
(= following) [book, record, film] → suivant(e)follow-up interview nentretien m complémentaire


folgend; the following dayder nächste or (darauf)folgende Tag; he made the following remarkser bemerkte Folgendes
a following windRückenwind m
(= followers)Anhängerschaft f, → Gefolgschaft f
he said the followinger sagte Folgendes; see the following for an explanation (in documents etc) → Erläuterungen hierzu finden Sie im Folgenden, Erklärungen im Folgenden; the following is of noteFolgendes ist wichtig


1. adjseguente, successivo/a
following wind → vento in poppa
the following day → il giorno seguente, l'indomani
2. n
a. (Pol) → seguito, proseliti mpl (Sport) → tifosi mpl
they have a large following → hanno un grande seguito
b. he said the followingha detto quanto segue
see the following (in document) → vedi quanto segue


(ˈfoləu) verb
1. to go or come after. I will follow (you).
2. to go along (a road, river etc). Follow this road.
3. to understand. Do you follow (my argument)?
4. to act according to. I followed his advice.
ˈfollower noun
a person who follows, especially the philosophy, ideas etc of another person. He is a follower of Plato (= Plato's theories).
ˈfollowing noun
supporters. He has a great following among the poorer people.
1. coming after. the following day.
2. about to be mentioned. You will need the following things.
after; as a result of. Following his illness, his hair turned white.
things about to be mentioned. You must bring the following – pen, pencil, paper and rubber.
ˈfollow-up noun
further reaction or response. Was there any follow-up to the letter you wrote to the newspaper?
follow up
1. to go further in doing something. The police are following up a clue.
2. to find out more about (something). I followed up the news.


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Thus, through an uninterrupted scene of sylvan pleasures, I spent the time until the 27th day of July following, when my brother, to my great felicity, met me, according to appointment, at our old camp.
We were busily employed in building this fort, until the fourteenth day of June following, without any farther opposition from the Indians; and having finished the works, I returned to my family, on Clench.
On the twenty-fourth day of December following we had one man killed, and one wounded, by the Indians, who seemed determined to persecute us for erecting this fortification.
On the fourth day of July following, a party of about two hundred Indians attacked Boonsborough, killed one man, and wounded two.
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On the tenth day of March following, I, and ten of my men, were conducted by forty Indians to Detroit, where we arrived the thirtieth day, and were treated by Governor Hamilton, the British commander at that post, with great humanity.
It is dull enough to confuse the eye in following, pronounced enough to constantly irritate and provoke study, and when you follow the lame uncertain curves for a little distance they suddenly commit suicide--plunge off at outrageous angles, destroy themselves in unheard of contradictions.
You think you have mastered it, but just as you get well underway in following, it turns a back-somersault and there you are.