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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.
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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
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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"
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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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doplňovat podrobnostmisledovat
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hľadať ďalšie podrobnostisledovať ďalej

w>follow up

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
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(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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The initiative will be implemented under direct follow up by Her Highness Shaikha Fatima Bint Mubarak, Chairwoman of the General Women's Union (GWU), President of the Supreme, Council for Motherhood and Childhood, and Supreme Chairwoman of the Family Development Foundation (FDF), Mother of the Nation, to speed up the execution of the government accelerators concerned with the empowerment and entrepreneurship of women.
Table-1: Descriptive statistics of age and CMT (microns) at various follow ups.
After surgery follow up was done on day 1,7,14,&28 During each follow up visit operated eye was examined for ocular pain, slit examination of anterior segment, uncorrected visual acuity and for IOP at day--7,14,&28.