Definition of following in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈfɒləʊɪŋ/


Coming after or as a result of: police are hunting for two men following a spate of robberies in the area
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  • A teenage boy has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder following the latest spate of shootings in Sheffield.
  • People are asked to be extra vigilant following a spate of serious burglaries and thefts all over the county.
  • Stow bank users should be on their guard following a spate of card cloning incidents at an ATM machine in the town.


1A body of supporters or admirers: he attracted a worldwide following
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  • They developed powerful grassroots followings who supported their idealism and gave them currency with the media.
  • Certainly, we know that winning athletic teams have huge followings and many supporters.
  • Having high, positive expectations is a key variable that separates instructors who have devoted followings from those who don't.
body of support, backing, patronage;
public, audience, circle, coterie;
retinue, train;
supporters, backers, admirers, fans, adherents, devotees, advocates, patrons
informal groupies
2 (the following) [treated as singular or plural] What follows or comes next: the following are both grammatically correct sentences
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  • Another thing that came out of the discussion was the following: why bother blogging in the first place?
  • The problems experienced by or with each item of Cold End Equipment included the following.
  • Following is a summary of state legislative issues addressed by AORN in 2004.


1Next in time: the following day there was a ceremony in St Peter’s Square
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  • The following season also brought success as Corinthians won the league in addition to best defence award.
  • So on one hand they demand loyalty, but on the other hand they also want their team to be successful in the following season.
  • Her second marathon in Paris the following year was more successful.
next, ensuing, succeeding, subsequent, successive
archaic after
1.1About to be mentioned: you are required to provide us with the following information
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  • In the hope that education might be the answer, I offer the following information.
  • The prior notice must be submitted electronically and contain the following information.
  • The following information is general in nature and should not be taken as personal professional advice.
upcoming, about to be mentioned, about to be specified, further on, below, underneath, at the end
formal hereunder, hereinafter
2(Of a wind) blowing in the same direction as the course of a vessel etc.
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  • With a following wind, a pilot could easily find his airspeed dropping below stalling speed.
  • Later on a following wind caused some adrenaline shoves at the start.
  • The high quality event took place in following winds that propelled most of the finalists to big jumps.

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