Idioms

    follow suit. suit(def 21).

Origin of follow

before 900; Middle English folwen, Old English folgian; cognate with Old Saxon folgon, Old High German folgēn, folgōn (German folgen)
Related formsfol·low·a·ble, adjectiveun·fol·low·a·ble, adjectiveun·fol·lowed, adjectivewell-fol·lowed, adjective

Synonyms for follow

3. obey. 4. heed, observe. 8. accompany, attend. 9. pursue, chase; trail, track, trace. 19. arise, proceed. 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.

Antonyms for follow

1. precede. 2, 3. lead. 4. disregard. 9. flee.
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Examples from the Web for followed

Contemporary Examples of followed

Historical Examples of followed

  • There was another debate over Spring, who had followed his master as usual.

    The Armourer's Prentices

    Charlotte M. Yonge

  • I do not propose to speak in detail of the dinner that followed.

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger

  • Other voices no less inspired had followed; and, living, spoke to us.

    'Tis Sixty Years Since

    Charles Francis Adams

  • They had cared for him in his cradle; he followed them to their graves.

    'Tis Sixty Years Since

    Charles Francis Adams

  • A period of quiescence then followed, lasting until, we will say, 1865.

    'Tis Sixty Years Since

    Charles Francis Adams


British Dictionary definitions for followed

follow

verb

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
  1. to play a card of the same suit as the card played immediately before it
  2. to do the same as someone else

noun

billiards snooker
  1. a forward spin imparted to a cue ball causing it to roll after the object ball
  2. a shot made in this way
Derived Formsfollowable, adjective

Word Origin for follow

Old English folgian; related to Old Frisian folgia, Old Saxon folgōn, Old High German folgēn
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Word Origin and History for followed

follow

v.

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].

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with followed

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

also see:

  • as follows
  • camp follower
  • hard act to follow
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