Meaning of FOLLOWER in English


/fol"oh euhr/ , 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. Brit. Informal. a boyfriend or suitor, esp. of a maidservant.

6. Mach. a part receiving motion from or following the movements of another part, esp. a cam.

7. Engin. , Building Trades. a concrete form attached to the head of a timber pile to permit casting of a concrete cap or pier.

[ bef. 900; ME folwer, OE folgere. See FOLLOW, -ER 1 ]

Syn. 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.

Ant. 2. opponent, adversary, enemy, foe.

Random House Webster's Unabridged English dictionary.      Полный английский словарь Вебстер - Random House .