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

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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