verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- to carry out fully, as a stroke of a club in golf, a racket in tennis, etc.
- to continue an effort, plan, proposal, policy, etc., to its completion.
- to pursue closely and tenaciously.
- to increase the effectiveness of by further action or repetition.
- to pursue to a solution or conclusion.
Origin of follow
Examples from the Web for follow
Tend to your own garden, to quote the great sage of free speech, Voltaire, and invite people to follow your example.
JetBlue has been flying charter jets to Cuba for three years, and others are sure to follow.
An attorney was asked to follow up, but no records indicate what happened next.
As southern California turns to desert western Canada could follow Oregon and Washington states as a contender in top class wines.
His family members and neighbors also questioned police claims that Gonzalez did not follow officer orders.Worse Than Eric Garner: Cops Who Got Away With Killing Autistic Men and Little Girls|Emily Shire|December 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And he asked who would volunteer to follow two leaders in separate lines.The Later Cave-Men|Katharine Elizabeth Dopp
But hindered by the bonds that bound her, she was unable to follow with suppleness the motion of her mount.
"I mean to make it my business to follow the matter up," he said.Colonel Thorndyke's Secret|G. A. Henty
They told him that he had commanded long enough, and now he must follow.Lectures on the French Revolution|John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton
If any assailant strive to follow, strike him down without mercy.The Lost Treasure of Trevlyn|Evelyn Everett-Green
British Dictionary definitions for follow
- to play a card of the same suit as the card played immediately before it
- to do the same as someone else
- a forward spin imparted to a cue ball causing it to roll after the object ball
- a shot made in this way
Word Origin for follow
Word Origin and History for follow
Old English folgian, fylgan "follow, accompany; follow after, pursue," also "obey, apply oneself to a practice or calling," from West Germanic *fulg- (cf. Old Saxon folgon, Old Frisian folgia, Middle Dutch volghen, Dutch volgen, Old High German folgen, German folgen, Old Norse fylgja "to follow").
Probably originally a compound, *full-gan with a sense of "full-going;" the sense then shifting to "serve, go with as an attendant" (cf. fulfill). Related: Followed; following. To follow one's nose "go straight on" first attested 1590s. "The full phrase is, 'Follow your nose, and you are sure to go straight.' " [Farmer].
Idioms and Phrases with follow
In addition to the idioms beginning with follow
- follow along
- follow in someone's footsteps
- follow one's nose
- follow out
- follow suit
- follow the crowd
- follow through
- follow up
- as follows
- camp follower
- hard act to follow