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
Synonyms for follow
Antonyms for follow
Related Words for followpursue, track, seek, accompany, attend, serve, support, adopt, watch, keep, reflect, observe, see, accept, get, supervene, supersede, displace, replace, succeed
Examples from the Web for follow
Contemporary Examples of follow
Tend to your own garden, to quote the great sage of free speech, Voltaire, and invite people to follow your example.How the PC Police Threaten Free Speech
January 9, 2015
JetBlue has been flying charter jets to Cuba for three years, and others are sure to follow.Up To Speed: The Cuba Embargo
December 18, 2014
An attorney was asked to follow up, but no records indicate what happened next.Inside the CIA’s Sadistic Dungeon
December 9, 2014
As southern California turns to desert western Canada could follow Oregon and Washington states as a contender in top class wines.Beer Countries vs. Wine Countries
December 7, 2014
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
December 4, 2014
Historical Examples of follow
As you do not propose to follow the sea, it will not be worth while to go as cabin-boy.Brave and Bold
The marsh appears to follow along the south side of the range.
We could follow the blood-drops for a long way over the stones.
"You see we do not follow the English style," said the smooth hostess to Philip.Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
Reconstruction, readjustment, restoration all these must 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
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].
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