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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [fol-oh-ing]
    • /ˈfɒl oʊ ɪŋ/
    • /ˈfɒləʊɪŋ/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [fol-oh-ing]
    • /ˈfɒl oʊ ɪŋ/

Definitions of following word

  • noun following the act of following. 1
  • noun following Billiards, Pool. follow shot (def 2). 1
  • noun following follow-up (def 3). 1
  • adjective following that follows or moves in the same direction: a following wind. 1
  • adjective following that comes after or next in order or time; ensuing: the following day. 1
  • adjective following that is now to follow; now to be mentioned, described, related, or the like: Check the following report for details. 1

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Origin of following

First appearance:

before 1250
One of the 11% oldest English words
First recorded in 1250-1300, following is from the Middle English word folwing. See follow, -ing1, -ing2

Historical Comparancy

Parts of speech for Following


following popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 96% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

following usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for following

adj following

  • subsequent — occurring or coming later or after (often followed by to): subsequent events; Subsequent to their arrival in Chicago, they bought a new car.
  • coming — A coming event or time is an event or time that will happen soon.
  • successive — following in order or in uninterrupted sequence; consecutive: three successive days.
  • consecutive — Consecutive periods of time or events happen one after the other without interruption.
  • hinder — to cause delay, interruption, or difficulty in; hamper; impede: The storm hindered our progress.

noun following

  • audience — The audience at a play, concert, film, or public meeting is the group of people watching or listening to it.
  • patronage — the financial support or business provided to a store, hotel, or the like, by customers, clients, or paying guests.
  • group — any collection or assemblage of persons or things; cluster; aggregation: a group of protesters; a remarkable group of paintings.
  • cortege — A cortege is a procession of people who are walking or riding in cars to a funeral.
  • coterie — A coterie of a particular kind is a small group of people who are close friends or have a common interest, and who do not want other people to join them.

preposition following

  • behind — If something is behind a thing or person, it is on the other side of them from you, or nearer their back rather than their front.
  • after — If something happens after a particular date or event, it happens during the period of time that follows that date or event.

adverb following

  • continuously — uninterrupted in time; without cessation: continuous coughing during the concert.
  • in order — an authoritative direction or instruction; command; mandate.
  • afterwhile — (US, dialect) afterwards.
  • successively — following in order or in uninterrupted sequence; consecutive: three successive days.

adjective following

  • ensuing — Present participle of ensue.
  • happening — something that happens; occurrence; event.

Antonyms for following

adj following

  • preceding — that precedes; previous: Refer back to the footnote on the preceding page.
  • front — the foremost part or surface of anything.
  • leading — made of or containing lead: a lead pipe; a lead compound.
  • first — being before all others with respect to time, order, rank, importance, etc., used as the ordinal number of one: the first edition; the first vice president.

noun following

  • opposition — the action of opposing, resisting, or combating.
  • disbelievers — Plural form of disbeliever.

adjective following

  • previous — coming or occurring before something else; prior: the previous owner.

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