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Follower definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

1. One who comes, goes or moves after another, in the same course.
2. One that takes another as his guide in doctrines, opinions or example; one who receives the opinions, and imitates the example of another; an adherent; an imitator.
That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who, through faith and patience, inherit the promises. Hebrews 6.
3. One who obeys, worships and honors.
Be ye followers of God, as dear children. Ephesians 5.
4. An adherent; a disciple; one who embraces the same system; as a follower of Plato.
5. An attendant; a companion; an associate or a dependent. The warrior distributed the plunder among his followers.
No follower, but a friend.
6. One under the command of another.
7. One of the same faction or party.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: a person who accepts the leadership of another [ant: leader]
2: someone who travels behind or pursues another

Merriam Webster's

noun Date: before 12th century 1. a. one in the service of another ; retainer b. one that follows the opinions or teachings of another c. one that imitates another 2. archaic one that chases 3. a sheet added to the first sheet of an indenture or other deed 4. a machine part that receives motion from another part 5. a spring-loaded plate at the bottom of a firearm's magazine that angles cartridges for proper insertion into the chamber 6. fan, devotee Synonyms: follower, adherent, disciple, partisan mean one who gives full loyalty and support to another. follower may apply to people who attach themselves either to the person or beliefs of another <an evangelist and his followers>. adherent suggests a close and persistent attachment <adherents to Marxism>. disciple implies a devoted allegiance to the teachings of one chosen as a master <disciples of Gandhi>. partisan suggests a zealous often prejudiced attachment <partisans of the President>.

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. 1 an adherent or devotee. 2 a person or thing that follows.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Follower Fol"low*er, n. [OE. folwere, AS. folgere.] 1. One who follows; a pursuer; an attendant; a disciple; a dependent associate; a retainer. 2. A sweetheart; a beau. [Colloq.] --A. Trollope. 3. (Steam Engine) (a) The removable flange, or cover, of a piston. See Illust. of Piston. (b) A gland. See Illust. of Stuffing box. 4. (Mach.) The part of a machine that receives motion from another part. See Driver. 5. Among law stationers, a sheet of parchment or paper which is added to the first sheet of an indenture or other deed. Syn: Imitator; copier; disciple; adherent; partisan; dependent; attendant.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(followers) A follower of a particular person, group, or belief is someone who supports or admires this person, group, or belief. ...the Democratic Party's most loyal followers. = supporter N-COUNT: usu with poss see also camp follower

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia

fol'-o-er (mimetes):

"Followers" is in the King James Version the translation of mimetes, "to imitate" (in the New Testament in the good sense of becoming imitators, or following an example), rendered by the Revised Version (British and American) "imitators" (1Co 4:16; 11:1; Eph 5:1; 1Th 1:6; 2:14; Heb 6:12); summimetai, "joint imitators" (Php 3:17); in 1Pe 3:13, the King James Version "followers of that which is good," the word, according to a better text, is zelotis, the Revised Version (British and American) "if ye be zealous of that which is good."

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

n. 1. Pursuer. 2. Attendant, retainer, supporter, dependant, companion, associate. 3. Adherent, disciple, pupil, partisan. 4. Imitator, copier.

Moby Thesaurus

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