Definition of following in English:

following

preposition

  • Coming after or as a result of.

    ‘police are hunting for two men following a spate of robberies in the area’
    • ‘For some, the week following Thanksgiving is a time for change and readjustments.’
    • ‘Police are warning householders to be on their guard following a ‘rising’ crime spate in Chorley.’
    • ‘I was the only one who jumped into the still-chilly lake, following a mind-altering sauna.’
    • ‘This week their families issued a joint statement of thanks to everyone who had helped them following the tragedy.’
    • ‘Doctors often advise an exercise program following a diagnosis of high cholesterol or high blood pressure.’
    • ‘The constable reported that following the initial investigation, a search warrant was obtained.’
    • ‘He was expected to leave the military following the accident, but Brashear didn't.’
    • ‘Stow bank users should be on their guard following a spate of card cloning incidents at an ATM machine in the town.’
    • ‘The Dow pulled back a bit today following a big run-up over the past few weeks.’
    • ‘By the end of the month thanks were being offered to the emergency services following the gas fireball in Rawcliffe.’
    • ‘She has been in a persistent vegetative state for 15 years following a heart attack.’
    • ‘The ratio of population per representative has increased following each census.’
    • ‘People are asked to be extra vigilant following a spate of serious burglaries and thefts all over the county.’
    • ‘Freelancer's cheques will be issued within 30 days following publication of the story.’
    • ‘A teenage boy has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder following the latest spate of shootings in Sheffield.’
    • ‘A spate of industrial action, following rising inflation, led to secondary school strikes at the end of last year.’
    • ‘To be fair, Washington has very little to work with following the collapse of the peace process.’
    • ‘But following a spate of disappointment at the jeans unit, Matalan is in talks to sell it.’
    • ‘Police are warning boat owners to take extra care following a recent series of break-ins and thefts from boats.’
    • ‘Police have arrested four teenagers following a spate of anti-social behaviour.’
    on account of, as a result of, as a consequence of, owing to, by reason of, on grounds of, by dint of, due to
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noun

  • 1A body of supporters or admirers.

    ‘he attracted a worldwide following’
    • ‘It also definitely has a tribalism to its support as in many activities and most team sporting followings.’
    • ‘Several small theater companies have significant public followings, as do the productions staged at the major universities.’
    • ‘Another group faces systematic repression and has been incapable of developing a mass following.’
    • ‘During the past six years his Saturday morning Radio Four magazine programme Home Truths had also gained a huge following.’
    • ‘During the festival, the eligible contestants traditionally attract a loyal local following.’
    • ‘Needless to say, Billy Joel, The Beach Boys, and Elvis Presley are hardly the only pop stars with devoted followings.’
    • ‘The book developed an underground following, and Iceberg Slim became something of a cult figure.’
    • ‘Certainly, we know that winning athletic teams have huge followings and many supporters.’
    • ‘They developed powerful grassroots followings who supported their idealism and gave them currency with the media.’
    • ‘Using only the pictures he is discussing, his programmes gained a huge following.’
    • ‘They have already won many prestigious awards throughout the country, and have developed a large following.’
    • ‘Brough and Orton's Farmers' Markets continue to attract a large, loyal following.’
    • ‘The boy writers have gathered quite a following of fans, and there are websites devoted to them.’
    • ‘Baha'i and Mormon missionaries have attracted local followings.’
    • ‘And they have created vast new reservoirs of support for a nationalist resistance that had already gained a mass following.’
    • ‘The band conquered the clubs in Taiwan - and went on to win loyal followings among young Chinese across the region.’
    • ‘Having high, positive expectations is a key variable that separates instructors who have devoted followings from those who don't.’
    • ‘A large local following was at the game to se him and his colleagues record the historic occasion.’
    • ‘Many poets with live albums or underground followings rely on college radio and students to support their art.’
    • ‘Bill says the conference has failed to attract a loyal following.’
    body of support, backing, patronage
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  • 2the followingtreated as singular or plural What follows or comes next.

    ‘the following are both grammatically correct sentences’
    • ‘In addition to the individuals mentioned, Alberta RN wishes to thank the following for their contributions.’
    • ‘Matt outlined each of the following in respective order and hoped all would be given priority.’
    • ‘At this point the user started getting really upset with me and stated the following.’
    • ‘The problems experienced by or with each item of Cold End Equipment included the following.’
    • ‘In order for that to happen, however, keep the following in mind.’
    • ‘Following is a summary of state legislative issues addressed by AORN in 2004.’
    • ‘In response to your invitation to comment on Phil Garland's letter I have the following to say.’
    • ‘The contributions included in the fitting are described in the following in order of increasing distance from the Zn atom.’
    • ‘To give an idea of the magnitude of the problem, consider the following.’
    • ‘We extend our sympathy to the following on their bereavements.’
    • ‘Votes of sympathy were passed with the following on their recent bereavements.’
    • ‘If you choose taste, then keep the following in mind: fat is your friend.’
    • ‘When this does happen, keep the following in mind.’
    • ‘Another thing that came out of the discussion was the following: why bother blogging in the first place?’
    • ‘This trade agreement simply says the following with regard to labor laws.’
    • ‘As for today's chipsets for Socket 478 mainboards, we can state the following.’
    • ‘The Fete is to include the following: Stalls selling produce from the country.’
    • ‘Anything I'd have to say would be a guess, so take the following with a grain of salt.’
    • ‘The committee wish to thank the following for their generous sponsorship of prizes.’
    • ‘The committee thank the following for their generous sponsorship of prizes.’

adjective

  • 1attributive Next in time.

    ‘the following day there was a ceremony in St Peter's Square’
    • ‘He was responsible for the recall of Alcibiades and contributed largely to the naval success of the following years.’
    • ‘He successfully re-took them the following year, and is now at Edinburgh University.’
    • ‘Over the next two days and on a subsequent trip the following weekend I caught and saw many more bass.’
    • ‘And the most amazing thing was that quite a few of them came back the following and subsequent years.’
    • ‘But we failed to build on that success over the following two seasons.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Kate left the hospital the following morning and Winston went to pick her up.’
    • ‘The following season also brought success as Corinthians won the league in addition to best defence award.’
    • ‘He carried out the duties of this position very successfully for the following two years.’
    • ‘The following year, that successful appeal led to the formation of a committee to build and fund a hospice.’
    • ‘Most of them walked out of Belfast Crown Court the following year after successful appeals.’
    • ‘As I awoke the following morning I found a note taped to my head.’
    • ‘The following May he succeeded Badoglio as governor-general and viceroy in Abyssinia.’
    • ‘The following morning, the new housekeeper enters his room and finds him dead.’
    • ‘The following centuries saw the successive rise and fall of new civilisations.’
    • ‘The horse returned to Cheltenham the following year to successfully defend his title under John Francome.’
    • ‘The following day, a 10 mile Famine walk was successfully negotiated by the same group.’
    • ‘The following year he succeeded Byrne as compère of the Rose of Tralee.’
    • ‘The following year, it succeeded in attracting one-and-a-half million Iranians to public lectures.’
    next, ensuing, succeeding, subsequent, successive
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    1. 1.1 About to be mentioned.
      ‘you are required to provide us with the following information’
      • ‘The following information is general in nature and should not be taken as personal professional advice.’
      • ‘The species that we include in our collections were determined through the following criteria.’
      • ‘When Gail brought him home after a romantic dinner, the following conversation ensued.’
      • ‘To this end, tenderers should be aware of the following specific information.’
      • ‘On behalf of the club we wish to extend our sincere thanks to the following people who made this a successful and memorable night.’
      • ‘A most successful year was reviewed by the outgoing officers and the following officers were elected.’
      • ‘I am going to read into the judgment the following paragraphs of the circular.’
      • ‘If you feel that you need to use a fly spray, you may have success with the following recipe.’
      • ‘Studies were included in this review if they met the following criteria.’
      • ‘The following excerpt from Bauman's letter was at the same time surprisingly realistic.’
      • ‘You are entitled a link on this site only if you meet the following criteria.’
      • ‘To provide additional overview, the following paragraph was gleaned from the court documents.’
      • ‘If you don't want to read the spoiler, skip the following paragraph.’
      • ‘It included the following advice for a mother to mention to her daughter.’
      • ‘The prior notice must be submitted electronically and contain the following information.’
      • ‘Readers wanting more information will find the following critical reviews pertinent.’
      • ‘See the following listings for more information about match dates and equipment.’
      • ‘There is an orange backdrop to the following quotes from two widely diverse locations.’
      • ‘In the hope that education might be the answer, I offer the following information.’
      • ‘The method allowed the following kinds of information to be recorded and coded.’
      upcoming, about to be mentioned, about to be specified, further on, below, underneath, at the end
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  • 2attributive (of a wind) blowing in the same direction as the course of a vessel etc.

    • ‘In the British civil service, given a following wind, there might even be a gong at the end.’
    • ‘With a bit of luck and a following wind, I may even make it home before midnight.’
    • ‘The high quality event took place in following winds that propelled most of the finalists to big jumps.’
    • ‘With luck and a following wind we'll be out of it in a twelve-month.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Copy me in and as usual I will do what I can to give your complaint a following wind.’

Pronunciation

following

/ˈfɒləʊɪŋ/