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v. fol·lowed, fol·low·ing, fol·lows
a. To come or go after; proceed behind: Follow the usher to your seat.
b. To go after in pursuit: would follow his enemy to the ends of the earth.
c. To keep under surveillance: The agent followed the suspect around town.
a. To move along the course of; take: We followed the path.
b. To move in the direction of; be guided by: followed the sun westward; followed the signs to the zoo.
c. To lie in the same path as: The road follows the old trading route.
d. To be parallel to: The road follows the river.
3. To accept the guidance, command, or leadership of: follow a spiritual master; rebels who refused to follow their leader.
4. To adhere to; practice: followed family traditions.
5. To take as a model or precedent; imitate: followed my example and resigned.
a. To act in agreement or compliance with; obey: follow the rules; follow one's instincts.
b. To keep to or stick to: followed the recipe; follow a diet.
7. To engage in (a trade or occupation); work at.
8. To come after in order, time, or position: Night follows day.
9. To bring something about at a later time than or as a consequence of: She followed her lecture with a question-and-answer period. The band followed its hit album with a tour.
10. To occur or be evident as a consequence of: Your conclusion does not follow your premise.
a. To watch or observe closely: followed the bird through binoculars.
b. To be attentive to; pay close heed to: too sleepy to follow the sermon.
c. To keep oneself informed of the course, progress, or fortunes of: follow the stock market; followed the local teams.
12. To grasp the meaning or logic of; understand: Do you follow my argument?
1. To come, move, or take place after another person or thing in order or time.
2. To occur or be evident as a consequence; result: If you ignore your diet, trouble will follow.
3. To grasp the meaning or reasoning of something; understand.
Games A billiards shot in which the cue ball is struck above center so that it follows the path of the object ball after impact.
Phrasal Verbs:
follow along
To move or proceed in unison or in accord with an example: followed along with the song.
follow through
1. Sports To carry a stroke to natural completion after hitting or releasing a ball or other object.
2. To carry an act, project, or intention to completion; pursue fully: followed through on her promise to fix the oven.
follow up
To increase the effectiveness or enhance the success of by further action: followed up her interview with an email.
as follows
As will be stated next. Used to introduce a specified enumeration, explanation, or command.
follow (one's) nose
1. To move straight ahead or in a direct path.
2. Informal To be guided by instinct: had no formal training but became a success by following his nose.
follow suit
1. Games To play a card of the same suit as the one led.
2. To do as another has done; follow an example.

[Middle English folowen, from Old English folgian.]

fol′low·er·ship′ n.
Synonyms: follow, succeed, ensue, result
These verbs mean to come after something or someone. Follow, the most general, refers to people or things that come after another in time or order or as a consequence or result: You go first, and we'll follow. He disregarded doctor's orders, and a relapse soon followed. To succeed is to come next after another, especially in planned order determined by considerations such as rank, inheritance, or election: The heir apparent succeeded to the throne. Ensue and result are used only of events or conditions that follow another in time. Ensue usually applies to what is a consequence: After the government was toppled, chaos ensued. Result implies that what follows is caused by what has preceded: Driving over the speed limit can result in a fine.
Usage Note: As follows (not as follow) is the established form of the idiom regardless of whether the noun that precedes it is singular or plural: The regulations are as follows.

follow up

vb (tr, adverb)
1. to pursue or investigate (a person, evidence, etc) closely
2. to continue (action) after a beginning, esp to increase its effect
a. something done to reinforce an initial action
b. (as modifier): a follow-up letter.
4. (Medicine) med a routine examination of a patient at various intervals after medical or surgical treatment
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.follow up - pursue to a conclusion or bring to a successful issue; "Did he go through with the treatment?"; "He implemented a new economic plan"; "She followed up his recommendations with a written proposal"
complete, finish - come or bring to a finish or an end; "He finished the dishes"; "She completed the requirements for her Master's Degree"; "The fastest runner finished the race in just over 2 hours; others finished in over 4 hours"
adhere - follow through or carry out a plan without deviation; "They adhered to their plan"
accomplish, carry out, carry through, fulfil, fulfill, action, execute - put in effect; "carry out a task"; "execute the decision of the people"; "He actioned the operation"
2.follow up - increase the effectiveness or success of by further action; "The doctor followed up the surgery with radiation"
enhance - make better or more attractive; "This sauce will enhance the flavor of the meat"


1. To keep (another) under surveillance by moving along behind:
Informal: bird-dog, tail.
2. To act in conformity with:
Idiom: toe the line.
3. To take as a model or make conform to a model:
copy, emulate, imitate, model (on, upon, or after), pattern (on, upon, or after).
Idioms: follow in the footsteps of, follow suit, follow the example of.
4. To occur after in time:
Idiom: follow on the heels of.
5. To occur as a consequence:
6. To perceive and recognize the meaning of:
Informal: savvy.
Slang: dig.
Chiefly British: twig.
Scots: ken.
phrasal verb
follow through
To strengthen the effect of (an action) by further action:
phrasal verb
follow up
To strengthen the effect of (an action) by further action:
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vt sep
(= pursue, take further action on) requestnachgehen (+dat); offer, suggestionnachgehen (+dat), → aufgreifen
(= investigate further)sich näher beschäftigen or befassen mit; suspectErkundigungen einziehen über (+acc); candidatein die engere Wahl nehmen; matterweiterverfolgen, sich näher befassen mit; rumournachgehen (+dat); patientnachuntersuchen; (= not lose track of) matterim Auge behalten
(= reinforce) success, victoryfortsetzen, ausbauen; to follow up words with deedsauf Worte Taten folgen lassen; he followed up the remark by punching himer versetzte ihm zur Bekräftigung einen Schlag
(= get further benefit from) advantageausnutzen
to follow up with somethingetw folgen lassen
(Sport) → nachziehen


(ˈfoləu) verb
1. to go or come after. I will follow (you).
2. to go along (a road, river etc). Follow this road.
3. to understand. Do you follow (my argument)?
4. to act according to. I followed his advice.
ˈfollower noun
a person who follows, especially the philosophy, ideas etc of another person. He is a follower of Plato (= Plato's theories).
ˈfollowing noun
supporters. He has a great following among the poorer people.
1. coming after. the following day.
2. about to be mentioned. You will need the following things.
after; as a result of. Following his illness, his hair turned white.
things about to be mentioned. You must bring the following – pen, pencil, paper and rubber.
ˈfollow-up noun
further reaction or response. Was there any follow-up to the letter you wrote to the newspaper?
follow up
1. to go further in doing something. The police are following up a clue.
2. to find out more about (something). I followed up the news.
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Table-1: Descriptive statistics of age and CMT (microns) at various follow ups.
The integration of GoldMine with the center's Web site allows staff members to effectively follow up on visitor data -- from online queries to registration information.
MEDIA WATCH: For the second time in as many weeks, the weekly New Times is challenging the Los Angeles Times over its decision to not follow up on a San Jose Mercury News series regarding the possible CIA involvement in selling drugs to Los Angeles street gangs.