Definition of following in English:



  • Coming after or as a result of.

    ‘police are hunting for two men following a spate of robberies in the area’
    • ‘Police have arrested four teenagers following a spate of anti-social behaviour.’
    • ‘Doctors often advise an exercise program following a diagnosis of high cholesterol or high blood pressure.’
    • ‘By the end of the month thanks were being offered to the emergency services following the gas fireball in Rawcliffe.’
    • ‘The constable reported that following the initial investigation, a search warrant was obtained.’
    • ‘Police are warning householders to be on their guard following a ‘rising’ crime spate in Chorley.’
    • ‘She has been in a persistent vegetative state for 15 years following a heart attack.’
    • ‘People are asked to be extra vigilant following a spate of serious burglaries and thefts all over the county.’
    • ‘The ratio of population per representative has increased following each census.’
    • ‘But following a spate of disappointment at the jeans unit, Matalan is in talks to sell it.’
    • ‘I was the only one who jumped into the still-chilly lake, following a mind-altering sauna.’
    • ‘Police are warning boat owners to take extra care following a recent series of break-ins and thefts from boats.’
    • ‘Stow bank users should be on their guard following a spate of card cloning incidents at an ATM machine in the town.’
    • ‘Freelancer's cheques will be issued within 30 days following publication of the story.’
    • ‘He was expected to leave the military following the accident, but Brashear didn't.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This week their families issued a joint statement of thanks to everyone who had helped them following the tragedy.’
    • ‘The Dow pulled back a bit today following a big run-up over the past few weeks.’
    • ‘To be fair, Washington has very little to work with following the collapse of the peace process.’
    • ‘For some, the week following Thanksgiving is a time for change and readjustments.’
    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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  • 1A body of supporters or admirers.

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

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


  • 1Next in time.

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

    • ‘With a following wind, a pilot could easily find his airspeed dropping below stalling speed.’
    • ‘With luck and a following wind we'll be out of it in a twelve-month.’
    • ‘Copy me in and as usual I will do what I can to give your complaint a following wind.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In the British civil service, given a following wind, there might even be a gong at the end.’
    • ‘Later on a following wind caused some adrenaline shoves at the start.’