Definition of following in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈfälōiNG/


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.
admirers, supporters, backers, fans, adherents, devotees, advocates, patrons, public, audience, circle, retinue, train
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.
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.
below, further on;
formal hereunder, hereinafter
2(Of a wind or sea) blowing or moving in the same direction as the course of a vehicle or vessel.
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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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Syllabification: fol·low·ing

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