[ fol-oh ]
/ ˈfɒl oʊ /
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verb (used with object)
to come after in sequence, order of time, etc.: The speech follows the dinner.
to go or come after; move behind in the same direction: Drive ahead, and I'll follow you.
to accept as a guide or leader; accept the authority of or give allegiance to: Many Germans followed Hitler.
to conform to, comply with, or act in accordance with; obey: to follow orders; to follow advice.
to imitate or copy; use as an exemplar: They follow the latest fads.
to move forward along (a road, path, etc.): Follow this road for a mile.
to come after as a result or consequence; result from: Reprisals often follow victory.
to go after or along with (a person) as companion.
to go in pursuit of: to follow an enemy.
to try for or attain to: to follow an ideal.
to engage in or be concerned with as a pursuit: He followed the sea as his true calling.
to watch the movements, progress, or course of: to follow a bird in flight.
to watch the development of or keep up with: to follow the news.
Digital Technology. to indicate interest in and establish a connection with (a social media account) so as to keep up with the online content it publishes, as posts, images, or videos: I follow my friends and some celebrities on Twitter, but nobody who tweets political stuff.
to keep up with and understand (an argument, story, etc.): Do you follow me?
verb (used without object)
to come next after something else in sequence, order of time, etc.
to happen or occur after something else; come next as an event: After the defeat great disorder followed.
to attend or serve.
to go or come after a person or thing in motion.
to result as an effect; occur as a consequence: It follows then that he must be innocent.
Digital Technology. noting or relating to a feature used to follow or subscribe to specific website content: a follow link;follow numbers and other digital marketing statistics.
follow out, to carry to a conclusion; execute: They followed out their orders to the letter.
- 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.
SYNONYMS FOR follow
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Idioms for follow
follow suit. suit (def. 21).
Origin of follow
First recorded before 900; Middle English fol(o)wen, Old English folgian; cognate with Old Saxon folgōn, Old High German folgēn, folgōn (German folgen )
synonym study for follow
20. Follow, ensue, result, succeed imply coming after something else, in a natural sequence. Follow is the general word: We must wait to see what follows. A detailed account follows. Ensue implies a logical sequence, what might be expected normally to come after a given act, cause, etc.: When the power lines were cut, a paralysis of transportation ensued. Result emphasizes the connection between a cause or event and its effect, consequence, or outcome: The accident resulted in injuries to those involved. Succeed implies coming after in time, particularly coming into a title, office, etc.: Formerly the oldest son succeeded to his father's title.
OTHER WORDS FROM followfol·low·a·ble, adjectiveun·fol·low·a·ble, adjectiveun·fol·lowed, adjectivewell-followed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for follow
/ (ˈfɒləʊ) /
to go or come after in the same directionhe followed his friend home
(tr) to accompany; attendshe followed her sister everywhere
to come after as a logical or natural consequence
(tr) to keep to the course or track ofshe followed the towpath
(tr) to act in accordance with; obeyto follow instructions
(tr) to accept the ideas or beliefs of (a previous authority, etc)he followed Donne in most of his teachings
to understand (an explanation, argument, etc)the lesson was difficult to follow
to watch closely or continuouslyshe followed his progress carefully
(tr) to have a keen interest into follow athletics
(tr) to help in the cause of or accept the leadership ofthe men who followed Napoleon
(tr) to choose to receive messages posted by (a blogger or microblogger)I've been following her online
(tr) rare to earn a living at or into follow the Navy
follow suit cards
- 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
Derived forms of followfollowable, adjective
Word Origin for follow
Old English folgian; related to Old Frisian folgia, Old Saxon folgōn, Old High German folgēn
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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
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