- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈfɒləʊɪŋ/
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈfɑloʊɪŋ/
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- Hyphenation: fol‧low‧ing
following (not comparable)
- Coming next, either in sequence or in time.
- Synonyms: succeeding; see also Thesaurus:subsequent
- Antonyms: preceding; see also Thesaurus:former
- See the following section.
- 1835, Sir John Ross, Sir James Clark Ross, Narrative of a Second Voyage in Search of a North-west Passage …, Volume 1, pp.284-5
- Towards the following morning, the thermometer fell to 5°; and at daylight, there was not an atom of water to be seen in any direction.
- About to be specified.
- (of a wind) Blowing in the direction of travel.
- The following wind sped us on our way.
(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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following (plural followings)
- 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:
- And White Hart Lane was stunned when Rovers scored just five minutes after the restart in front of their away following.
- Vocation; business; profession.
- (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.