Definition of follower in English:



  • 1A person who supports and admires a particular person or set of ideas.

    ‘followers of Nietzsche’
    • ‘He became a loyal follower of Gandhi, whose defiant campaigns of non-cooperation he supported.’
    • ‘Some of the rules should be of interest only to followers of the Hebrew religion.’
    • ‘The true followers of Islam are our brothers and sisters in this struggle.’
    • ‘The Buddha was originally a wandering teacher who attracted followers through his personal charisma.’
    • ‘In the birthplace of Christianity, indigenous followers of Christ have become a rare commodity.’
    • ‘Leaders who do not look after the interests of their followers are not only unethical but ineffective.’
    • ‘"I had many wonderful nights here in this venue, " she told her loyal followers.’
    • ‘Yet the Chinese Embassy in Canberra adamantly denies any harassment of followers of the sect in Australia.’
    • ‘Most of Wednesday's victims were followers of the young cleric and his message was unequivocal.’
    • ‘And it is not discrimination at any level against the followers of other faiths.’
    • ‘In theory it would seem like a good choice, and with enough dedicated followers the plan seems feasible.’
    • ‘He says he has urged his followers to oppose segregation currently reigning in the city.’
    • ‘In order to be inconspicuous, many followers of such religions meet in private.’
    • ‘A devout follower of Christ, Cora cannot understand or accept Addie's lack of religious observance.’
    • ‘More than three-quarters of Muslims living in Britain say that they are devout followers of Islam.’
    • ‘The status of ritual among Western followers of Tibetan Buddhism is, however, more in question.’
    • ‘True followers of Christ need have no fear of God's wrath.’
    • ‘Later that day, however, she gave him the money and became a devoted follower.’
    • ‘Malaysian police have arrested 21 suspected followers of a religious sect called the Sky Kingdom.’
    • ‘The initial reaction from governing elites and their media camp followers was disbelief.’
    acolyte, assistant, attendant, satellite, companion, retainer, henchman, minion, lackey, toady, servant, page, squire
    disciple, apostle, supporter, defender, champion
    fan, enthusiast, admirer, devotee, lover, supporter, adherent
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    1. 1.1A person who takes an active interest in a particular activity.
      ‘he is a keen follower of football’
      • ‘Johnny is a keen sports follower and is especially interested in local soccer.’
      • ‘Both families still reside in their respective parishes and are dedicated football followers.’
      • ‘The Roman army on campaign attracted camp followers, and the later physical expression of this is the civil settlement.’
      • ‘He may seem like an ‘old school’ coach but he is a keen follower of sport science and his team has matched the best tactically.’
      • ‘Since his undergraduate days Hawking has been a keen follower of the philosopher Karl Popper.’
      • ‘He was also a keen football follower, and played Gaelic football for United and Ballina Stephenites' junior team.’
      • ‘The same, it would seem, could be in store for Ireland's rugby followers.’
      • ‘It has attracted few followers and perhaps more interest outside the UK than within.’
      • ‘A keen follower of rugby union Mr Jones also plays golf.’
      • ‘Their continued development will be watched with interest by all followers of Sligo Gaelic football.’
      • ‘But of course, as avid followers of fashion and beauty you already know this.’
      • ‘Brace yourselves - the astonishing truth is that being a dedicated follower of fashion can make you healthier.’
      • ‘As a keen follower of the London team in all its incarnations, rugby league was the one sport I missed after moving to Ireland.’
      • ‘Mr Howard is a keen follower of polls, focus groups and public opinion.’
      • ‘I've been an ardent follower of your work and am a fellow skeptic.’
      • ‘Miller is to be congratulated for a book that will keep any rugby follower entertained for hours.’
      • ‘As a keen follower of local cricket I was pleased to read the article in last week's paper about the formation of a Wiltshire Cricket Development Team.’
      • ‘He lived in Croydon Avenue and was a keen follower of Manchester City Football Club.’
      • ‘Johnny was an ardent football follower and a great man to support Mayo.’
      • ‘Diana was in touch with reality, she showed this just by the way that she dressed, a keen follower of fashion.’
      fan, enthusiast, admirer, devotee, lover, supporter, adherent
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    2. 1.2Someone who is tracking a particular person, group, organization, etc. on a social media website or application.
      ‘she remains an immensely divisive figure, but she has a million followers on Facebook’
      • ‘But for Mr. Gall and his Facebook followers, the endless litany of bad economic news just isn't going to help them navigate the murky waters ahead.’
      • ‘Watson's followers on Twitter will watch his battles with interest.’
      • ‘To put that in perspective, he has 694,000 fewer followers than comedian Stephen Fry.’
      • ‘No one has ever made it to a million followers on the site.’
      • ‘The British celebrity has clocked up 500,000 followers while Hollywood star Ashton Kutcher is nearing the two million mark.’
      • ‘The guy has 13,000 followers on Twitter.’
      • ‘Office worker Mr Coleman, 23, was tweeting to his followers on his Blackberry while jogging to work when he cracked his head on a heavy low-hanging branch.’
      • ‘Here's one of the videos about, ironically, how to get more followers on Twitter.’
      • ‘Celebrities can attract tens of thousands of followers on Twitter.’
  • 2A person who moves or travels behind someone or something.

    • ‘Just as the shadow of his follower makes itself present from Lee's position, he prepares himself for a possible fight.’
    • ‘Unfortunately for his follower, even the shadows did a poor job of hiding him.’
    • ‘Behind him thousands of warrior followers thronged the courtyards of the fabled Tomb of Ali and did likewise.’
    • ‘There were several hundred people together with hunt followers and about 100 mounted riders.’
    • ‘Accustomed to yelling at recalcitrant dogs and pushy hunt followers, Ferry exudes authority and self-possession.’
    • ‘Whereas before he had counted twenty-six followers behind the armoured barbarian, now he saw only twelve.’
    • ‘The figure in the trees was their shadow, their follower - their watcher.’
    • ‘She ran as fast as she could and heard clearly behind her, her follower's footsteps.’
    • ‘I stopped and looked around me, glancing behind to make sure that my follower was lost somewhere out there in the wilderness.’
    • ‘The sound of her follower's car was quickly approaching from behind.’
    • ‘I yelled down at him and Ben glanced over his shoulder seeing our follower a mere ten steps behind.’