the act of following up.
an action or thing that serves to increase the effectiveness of a previous one, as a second or subsequent letter, phone call, or visit.
Also called follow. Journalism.
a news story providing additional information on a story or article previously published.
designed or serving to follow up, especially to increase the effectiveness of a previous action: a follow-up interview; a follow-up offer.
of or relating to action that follows an initial treatment, course of study, etc.: follow-up care for mental patients; a follow-up survey.
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How to use follow-up in a sentence
The follow-up story is how those who survived both the competitive onslaught, as well as the recession, have adapted.
An attorney was asked to follow up, but no records indicate what happened next.
This is where Schwarz comes in: to quell concerns, advise about procedures, and follow up with loved ones.The Nurse Coaching People Through Death by Starvation | Nick Tabor | November 17, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Adult Swim airs ‘In Search of Miracle Man,’ its follow up to ‘Too Many Cooks,’ the deranged late-night comedy clip gone viral.There Are More 'Too Many Cooks' Where That First Fever Dream Came From | Kevin Fallon | November 11, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
“She fought so Damn hard,” the poster added in a follow-up comment.Did the Amber Lynn Coplin Murder Photos Sicken the Creeps of 4Chan? | Michael Daly | November 6, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
It was not my good fortune to be allowed to follow up my plans, which almost warranted a certainty of success.Life of Richard Trevithick, Volume II (of 2) | Francis Trevithick
It was plain that Bruce would instantly follow up his victory, and already there was anxiety on the Border.King Robert the Bruce | A. F. Murison
I do not wonder you thought it worth your while to follow up the pair, if one of them is named Adams and the other Eva.The Circular Study | Anna Katharine Green
Old Max looked round triumphantly, and proceeded to follow up the impression thus made.A Charming Fellow, Volume II (of 3) | Frances Eleanor Trollope
Though the house was victorious, its dignity suffered so greatly in the conflict that it forbore to follow up its victory.The Political History of England - Vol. X. | William Hunt
British Dictionary definitions for follow up
to pursue or investigate (a person, evidence, etc) closely
to continue (action) after a beginning, esp to increase its effect
something done to reinforce an initial action
(as modifier): a follow-up letter
med a routine examination of a patient at various intervals after medical or surgical treatment
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Other Idioms and Phrases with follow-up
Carry to completion. For example, I'm following up their suggestions with concrete proposals. Also see follow through.
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