Definition of following adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    following

     adjective
    adjective
    BrE BrE//ˈfɒləʊɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfɑːloʊɪŋ//
     
    the following…
     
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  1. 1  next in time the following afternoon/month/year/week They arrived on Monday evening and we got there the following day.
  2. 2  that is/are going to be mentioned next Answer the following questions. Language BankfirstOrdering your points This study has the following aims: first, to investigate how international students in the UK use humour; second, to examine how jokes can help to establish social relationships; and, third, to explore the role that humour plays in helping overseas students adjust to life in the UK. Let us begin by identifying some of the popular joke genres in the UK. Next, let us turn to/Next, let us consider the question of gender differences in the use of humour. Finally/Lastly, let us briefly examine the role of humour in defining a nation’s culture.
  3. Idioms a wind blowing in the same direction as a ship or other vehicle that helps it move faster With a generous following wind, we sped across the lake. See related entries: Travelling by boat or ship
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