Meaning of “following” in the English Dictionary

"following" in English

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uk /ˈfɒl.əʊ.ɪŋ/ us /ˈfɑː.loʊ.ɪŋ/


uk /ˈfɒl.əʊ.ɪŋ/ us /ˈfɑː.loʊ.ɪŋ/

followingnoun [ S ]

uk /ˈfɒl.əʊ.ɪŋ/ us /ˈfɑː.loʊ.ɪŋ/

(Definition of “following” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"following" in American English

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followingadjective [ not gradable ]

us /ˈfɑl·oʊ·ɪŋ/

following adjective [ not gradable ] (NEXT)

coming or happening after something else in order or time:

I’m busy on Thursday, but I’m free the following day.
The following items were found – a ring, a wallet, and a watch.


us /ˈfɑl·oʊ·ɪŋ/

following noun (GROUP OF PEOPLE)

[ C ] a group of people who support, admire, or believe in a particular person, group, or idea:

The candidate has a large following among young people.

following noun (WHAT COMES NEXT)

[ pl ] what comes next; the following one or ones in a list, report, etc.:

Will the following please stand – Neal, Crisonino, Druback, Thompson.


us /ˈfɑl·ə·wɪŋ/

following preposition (AFTER)


Following the ballgame, there will be a fireworks display.

(Definition of “following” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)