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  1. the act of following up.
  2. an action or thing that serves to increase the effectiveness of a previous one, as a second or subsequent letter, phone call, or visit.
  3. Also called follow. Journalism.
    1. a news story providing additional information on a story or article previously published.
    2. Also called sidebar, supplementary story.a minor news story used to supplement a related story of major importance.Compare feature story(def 1), human-interest story, shirttail.
  1. designed or serving to follow up, especially to increase the effectiveness of a previous action: a follow-up interview; a follow-up offer.
  2. of or relating to action that follows an initial treatment, course of study, etc.: follow-up care for mental patients; a follow-up survey.

Origin of follow-up

First recorded in 1920–25; noun, adj. use of verb phrase follow up Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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