Definition of follower in US English:

follower

noun

  • 1An adherent or devotee of a particular person, cause, or activity.

    ‘a freethinker and follower of Voltaire’
    • ‘The initial reaction from governing elites and their media camp followers was disbelief.’
    • ‘Most of Wednesday's victims were followers of the young cleric and his message was unequivocal.’
    • ‘In theory it would seem like a good choice, and with enough dedicated followers the plan seems feasible.’
    • ‘More than three-quarters of Muslims living in Britain say that they are devout followers of Islam.’
    • ‘Later that day, however, she gave him the money and became a devoted follower.’
    • ‘The true followers of Islam are our brothers and sisters in this struggle.’
    • ‘Malaysian police have arrested 21 suspected followers of a religious sect called the Sky Kingdom.’
    • ‘Leaders who do not look after the interests of their followers are not only unethical but ineffective.’
    • ‘True followers of Christ need have no fear of God's wrath.’
    • ‘He became a loyal follower of Gandhi, whose defiant campaigns of non-cooperation he supported.’
    • ‘"I had many wonderful nights here in this venue, " she told her loyal followers.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘And it is not discrimination at any level against the followers of other faiths.’
    • ‘Yet the Chinese Embassy in Canberra adamantly denies any harassment of followers of the sect in Australia.’
    • ‘The Buddha was originally a wandering teacher who attracted followers through his personal charisma.’
    • ‘He says he has urged his followers to oppose segregation currently reigning in the city.’
    • ‘In the birthplace of Christianity, indigenous followers of Christ have become a rare commodity.’
    • ‘Some of the rules should be of interest only to followers of the Hebrew religion.’
    • ‘The status of ritual among Western followers of Tibetan Buddhism is, however, more in question.’
    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. 1.1 Someone 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’
      • ‘Here's one of the videos about, ironically, how to get more followers on Twitter.’
      • ‘The guy has 13,000 followers on Twitter.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Celebrities can attract tens of thousands of followers on Twitter.’
      • ‘The British celebrity has clocked up 500,000 followers while Hollywood star Ashton Kutcher is nearing the two million mark.’
  • 2A person who moves or travels behind someone or something.

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

Pronunciation

follower

/ˈfɑloʊər//ˈfälōər/