following

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English[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

following (not comparable)

  1. Coming next, either in sequence or in time.
    See the following section.
  2. About to be specified.
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  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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Preposition[edit]

following

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

Translations[edit]

Noun[edit]

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.

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Statistics[edit]

Most common English words before 1923 in Project Gutenberg: business · mean · manner · #385: following · fell · different · care