What does following mean?

Definitions for followingˈfɒl oʊ ɪŋ

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word following.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. following, followers(noun)

    a group of followers or enthusiasts

  2. pursuit, chase, pursual, following(adj)

    the act of pursuing in an effort to overtake or capture

    "the culprit started to run and the cop took off in pursuit"

  3. following(a), undermentioned(adj)

    about to be mentioned or specified

    "the following items"

  4. following, next(adj)

    immediately following in time or order

    "the following day"; "next in line"; "the next president"; "the next item on the list"

  5. following(adj)

    going or proceeding or coming after in the same direction

    "the crowd of following cars made the occasion seem like a parade"; "tried to outrun the following footsteps"

  6. following(a)(adj)

    in the desired direction

    "a following wind"


  1. following(Noun)

    A group of followers, attendants or admirers; an entourage.

    He had a loyal following.

  2. following(Noun)

    Something to be mentioned immediately later. Used with the definite article the.

    The following is a recommendation letter from the president.

  3. following(Adjective)

    Coming next, either in sequence or in time

    See the following section.

  4. following(Adjective)

    About to be specified

    The following words have no definition . . .

  5. following(Adjective)

    Blowing in the direction of travel

    The following wind sped us on our way.

  6. following(Preposition)

    After, subsequent to.

    Following the meeting, we all had a chat.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Following

    of Follow

  2. Following(noun)

    one's followers, adherents, or dependents, collectively

  3. Following(noun)

    vocation; business; profession

  4. Following(adj)

    next after; succeeding; ensuing; as, the assembly was held on the following day

  5. Following(adj)

    (In the field of a telescope) In the direction from which stars are apparently moving (in consequence of the earth's rotation); as, a small star, north following or south following. In the direction toward which stars appear to move is called preceding


  1. Following

    Following is a 1998 British thriller film written and directed by Christopher Nolan. It tells the story of a young man who follows strangers around the streets of London and is drawn into a criminal underworld when he fails to keep his distance. As Christopher Nolan's debut feature, it was designed to be as inexpensive as possible to make: scenes were heavily rehearsed so that just one or two takes were needed, thus economising on 16 mm film stock, the production's greatest expense, and for which Nolan was paying from his salary. Without expensive professional lighting equipment, Nolan mostly used available light. Apart from providing the script and direction, Nolan also did the photography, editing and production himself.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'following' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #704

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'following' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2017

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'following' in Adjectives Frequency: #83


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of following in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of following in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Socrates:

    The end of life is to be like God, and the soul following God will be like him.

  2. Mark Twain:

    There are two times in a man's life when he should not speculate when he can't afford it, and when he can. - from Following the Equator

  3. Katharine Butler Hathaway:

    It is only by following your deepest instinct that you can lead a rich life, and if you let your fear of consequence prevent you from following your deepest instinct, then your life will be safe, expedient and thin.

  4. Plato:

    Nothing can be more absurd than the practice that prevails in our country of men and women not following the same pursuits with all their strengths and with one mind, for thus, the state instead of being whole is reduced to half.

  5. The NBA:

    The U.S. together with Canada is roughly five percent of the global population. So there's a big world out there and they all seem to be following us on social media, social media is the perfect example of the kind of following we can quickly generate in markets where we've never played games.

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Translations for following

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • تاليArabic
  • след, следващ, следен, свита, попътенBulgarian
  • següentCatalan, Valencian
  • následujícíCzech
  • følge, næste, efter, følgendeDanish
  • Anhängerschaft, Fangemeinde, folgend, Anhänger, anschließend, nachstehend, Gefolge, Gefolgschaft, nachGerman
  • ακόλουθος, εξήςGreek
  • sekvinta, sekvanta, jenaEsperanto
  • siguiente, próximo, siguiendoSpanish
  • seuraava, jälkeen, kannattajakunta, myötäinenFinnish
  • postérieurement à, mouvance, suivant, à la suite de, après, ci-après, favorableFrench
  • sequenteInterlingua
  • הבאHebrew
  • følgendeNorwegian
  • volgendeDutch
  • następny, następującyPolish
  • seguintePortuguese
  • попутный, аудитория, следующийRussian
  • ertesi, müteakkip, sonrakiTurkish

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