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 followedpursue, track, seek, accompany, attend, serve, support, adopt, watch, keep, reflect, observe, see, accept, get, supervene, supersede, displace, replace, succeed
Examples from the Web for followed
Contemporary Examples of followed
It was followed by several told-you-so articles with titles like “Have No Illusion: Islam Is the Enemy.”Europe’s Islam Haters Say We Told You So
Barbie Latza Nadeau
January 8, 2015
The Daily Beast has followed some of the refugees who landed in Sicily a month ago.Ghost Ships of the Mediterranean
Barbie Latza Nadeau
January 6, 2015
San Francisco was the first city to pass one in 2006; since then, 14 other cities and three states have followed suit.Christie Blames Parents for Bad Economy
January 3, 2015
Some in the intelligence community seem to have followed through on that plan.The Dangerous Drug-Funded Secret War Between Iran and Pakistan
December 29, 2014
Vice President Joe Biden spoke, followed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, then Mayor Bill de Blasio and Police Commissioner William Bratton.Choking Back Tears, Thousands of Cops Honor Fallen Officer Ramos
December 28, 2014
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
Other voices no less inspired had followed; and, living, spoke to us.
They had cared for him in his cradle; he followed them to their graves.
A period of quiescence then followed, lasting until, we will say, 1865.
- 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