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Definition of "following" []

  • Coming next in time or order: in the following chapter. (adjective)
  • Now to be enumerated: The following people will report for duty. (adjective)
  • Blowing in the same direction as the course of a ship or an aircraft. Used of wind. (adjective)
  • A group or gathering of admirers, adherents, or disciples: a lecturer with a large following. (noun)
  • Subsequent to; after: Following dinner, brandy was served in the study. (preposition)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "following" in a sentence
  • "This would result in twelve columns of equal number of cards, as seen in tableau, _but for the following conditions_: In dealing the first eight cards, count them as you deal, from one to eight, and when any card is suitable for a foundation, or to continue a foundation, play it, counting the next card as the _following number_."
  • "Mark Sanford served the remaining two years of his term following his admission of an affair with an Argentine woman and his misuse of state funds."
  • "The rules for beginning school mean that a child reaches compulsory school age at the beginning of the term following their fifth birthday."