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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.


التَّاليّ následující følgende folgend ακόλουθος siguiente seuraava suivant sljedeći seguente 以下の 다음의 volgend følgende następujący seguinte следующий följande ถัดไป izleyen sau đó 下列的
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An end, on the contrary, is that which itself naturally follows some other thing, either by necessity, or as a rule, but has nothing following it.
Finding, then, that he was unable to resist his propensity, he resolved to divest himself of the instrument and cause of his prodigality and lavishness, to divest himself of wealth, without which Alexander himself would have seemed parsimonious; and so calling us all three aside one day into a room, he addressed us in words somewhat to the following effect:
Seeing that Lady Arabella was secretly following Adam, he was confirmed in this idea.
The following by certain estates of men, answerable to that, which a great person himself professeth (as of soldiers, to him that hath been employed in the wars, and the like), hath ever been a thing civil, and well taken, even in monarchies; so it be without too much pomp or popularity.
"Still following the tracks of the prints, Larsan and I passed out of the oak grove and reached the border of the lake.
We come!" Again and again, La repeated her summons until singly and in pairs the greater portion of her following approached and halted a short distance away from the High Priestess and her savior.
For an instant I paused, my ear close to the panel, to learn if he had suspected aught, but as no sound of pursuit came from within I wheeled and made my way along the new corridor, following the rope, which I coiled and brought with me as I advanced.
Conventional figures spring to my pen, but every one of them is true; he was flowers in spring, he was sunshine after rain, he was rain following long months of drought.
Then Dorothy came to them, Uncle Henry and Aunt Em following close after her.
To the opposite corner backed Gahan until they stood with their backs against the hangings there, and then hearing the approach of their pursuers across the chamber beyond Gahan pushed Tara through the hangings and, following her, kept open with his left hand, which he had disengaged from the girl's grasp, a tiny opening through which he could view the apartment and the doorway upon the opposite side through which the pursuers would enter, if they came this far.
The warrior whose gun I had struck up looked enquiringly at Tars Tarkas, but the latter signed that I be left to my own devices, and so we returned to the plaza with my great beast following close at heel, and Sola grasping me tightly by the arm.
From that point, all the main events of the story are purposely foreshadowed before they take place -- my present design being to rouse the reader's interest in following the train of circumstances by which these foreseen events are brought about.