follower

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 /ˈfɒləʊəʳ/



WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
fol•low•er /ˈfɑloʊɚ/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. a person or thing that follows.
  2. a person who follows another in regard to his or her ideas or belief;
    disciple or adherent.
  3. a person who imitates, copies, or takes as a model or ideal:a follower of current fashions.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
fol•low•er  (folō ər), 
n. 
  1. a person or thing that follows.
  2. a person who follows another in regard to his or her ideas or belief;
    disciple or adherent.
  3. a person who imitates, copies, or takes as a model or ideal:He was little more than a follower of current modes.
  4. an attendant, servant, or retainer.
  5. British Terms[Brit. Informal.]a boyfriend or suitor, esp. of a maidservant.
  6. Mechanical Engineering[Mach.]a part receiving motion from or following the movements of another part, esp. a cam.
  7. Building, Civil Engineering[Engin., Building Trades.]a concrete form attached to the head of a timber pile to permit casting of a concrete cap or pier.
Etymology:
  • Middle English folwer, Old English folgere. See follow, -er1 bef. 900
2 . supporter. Follower, adherent, partisan refer to someone who demonstrates allegiance to a person, a doctrine, a cause, and the like. Follower often has an implication of personal relationship or of slavish acquiescence. Adherent, a more formal word, has implications of active championship of a person or a point of view. Partisan, ordinarily meaning a person prejudiced and unreasoning in adherence to a party, during World War II took on the meaning of a member of certain groups in occupied countries of Europe who carried on underground resistance to the Nazis. 2 . opponent, adversary, enemy, foe.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

follower /ˈfɒləʊə/ n
  1. a person who accepts the teachings of another; disciple; adherent: a follower of Marx
  2. an attendant or henchman
  3. an enthusiast or supporter, as of a sport or team
  4. (esp formerly) a male admirer



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