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adjective, preposition, pronoun following pronunciation in British English /ˈfɒləʊɪŋ/
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Following can be used in these ways:
as a preposition (followed by a noun): Following months of uncertainty, the government has finally announced its decision.
as an adjective (only before a noun): She arrived the following day.
as a pronoun: Please read the following carefully.
  1. 1
    after something happens, or as a result of something that happens
    The team blossomed following the appointment of the new manager.
    Following his military service, Wilkins returned to his home town.
  2. 2
    [only before noun] the following day, month, page etc is the next one
    Sadly, Pietro died the following year.
    The problem will be discussed in the following chapter.
  3. 3
    used for referring to something that you are going to say or mention next, especially a list of people or things
    Combine the following ingredients: brown sugar, flour, and butter.
    Make sure you bring the following: sunglasses, sunscreen, a towel, and a swimsuit.


a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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