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following (not comparable)

  1. Coming next, either in sequence or in time.
    Synonyms: succeeding; see also Thesaurus:subsequent
    Antonyms: preceding; see also Thesaurus:former
    See the following section.
  2. About to be specified.
    Synonym: undermentioned
    Antonyms: abovementioned, aforementioned, aforesaid
    The following words have no definition []
  3. (of a wind) Blowing in the direction of travel.
    The following wind sped us on our way.

Usage notes[edit]

(Senses 1, 2) When it modifies a noun phrase, it is generally preceded by the definite article the, and the combination functions as a determiner rather than a simple adjective. You can put it before a cardinal like the following two remarks instead of the two following remarks.


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  1. After, subsequent to.
    Following the meeting, we all had a chat.



following (plural followings)

  1. A group of followers, attendants or admirers; an entourage.
    He had a loyal following.
    • 2011 September 29, Jon Smith, “Tottenham 3 - 1 Shamrock Rovers”, in BBC Sport[1]:
      And White Hart Lane was stunned when Rovers scored just five minutes after the restart in front of their away following.
  2. Vocation; business; profession.
  3. (with definite article, treated as singular or plural) A thing or things to be mentioned immediately after.
    The following is a recommendation letter from the president.
    The following are the three most important questions.




  1. present participle of follow