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Meaning & Definition of Follow in English

English

Follow

/fɑloʊ/

verb

1. To travel behind, go after, come after

  • "The ducklings followed their mother around the pond"
  • "Please follow the guide through the museum"
    synonym:
  • follow

2. Be later in time

  • "Tuesday always follows monday"
    synonym:
  • postdate
  • ,
  • follow

3. Come as a logical consequence

  • Follow logically
  • "It follows that your assertion is false"
  • "The theorem falls out nicely"
    synonym:
  • follow
  • ,
  • fall out

4. Travel along a certain course

  • "Follow the road"
  • "Follow the trail"
    synonym:
  • follow
  • ,
  • travel along

5. Act in accordance with someone's rules, commands, or wishes

  • "He complied with my instructions"
  • "You must comply or else!"
  • "Follow these simple rules"
  • "Abide by the rules"
    synonym:
  • comply
  • ,
  • follow
  • ,
  • abide by

6. Come after in time, as a result

  • "A terrible tsunami followed the earthquake"
    synonym:
  • follow
  • ,
  • come after

7. Behave in accordance or in agreement with

  • "Follow a pattern"
  • "Follow my example"
    synonym:
  • follow
  • ,
  • conform to

8. Be next

  • "Mary plays best, with john and sue following"
    synonym:
  • follow

9. Choose and follow

  • As of theories, ideas, policies, strategies or plans
  • "She followed the feminist movement"
  • "The candidate espouses republican ideals"
    synonym:
  • adopt
  • ,
  • follow
  • ,
  • espouse

10. To bring something about at a later time than

  • "She followed dinner with a brandy"
  • "He followed his lecture with a question and answer period"
    synonym:
  • follow

11. Imitate in behavior

  • Take as a model
  • "Teenagers follow their friends in everything"
    synonym:
  • take after
  • ,
  • follow

12. Follow, discover, or ascertain the course of development of something

  • "We must follow closely the economic development is cuba"
  • "Trace the student's progress"
    synonym:
  • trace
  • ,
  • follow

13. Follow with the eyes or the mind

  • "Keep an eye on the baby, please!"
  • "The world is watching sarajevo"
  • "She followed the men with the binoculars"
    synonym:
  • watch
  • ,
  • observe
  • ,
  • follow
  • ,
  • watch over
  • ,
  • keep an eye on

14. Be the successor (of)

  • "Carter followed ford"
  • "Will charles succeed to the throne?"
    synonym:
  • succeed
  • ,
  • come after
  • ,
  • follow

15. Perform an accompaniment to

  • "The orchestra could barely follow the frequent pitch changes of the soprano"
    synonym:
  • play along
  • ,
  • accompany
  • ,
  • follow

16. Keep informed

  • "He kept up on his country's foreign policies"
    synonym:
  • keep up
  • ,
  • keep abreast
  • ,
  • follow

17. To be the product or result

  • "Melons come from a vine"
  • "Understanding comes from experience"
    synonym:
  • come
  • ,
  • follow

18. Accept and follow the leadership or command or guidance of

  • "Let's follow our great helmsman!"
  • "She followed a guru for years"
    synonym:
  • follow

19. Adhere to or practice

  • "These people still follow the laws of their ancient religion"
    synonym:
  • follow

20. Work in a specific place, with a specific subject, or in a specific function

  • "He is a herpetologist"
  • "She is our resident philosopher"
    synonym:
  • be
  • ,
  • follow

21. Keep under surveillance

  • "The police had been following him for weeks but they could not prove his involvement in the bombing"
    synonym:
  • surveil
  • ,
  • follow
  • ,
  • survey

22. Follow in or as if in pursuit

  • "The police car pursued the suspected attacker"
  • "Her bad deed followed her and haunted her dreams all her life"
    synonym:
  • pursue
  • ,
  • follow

23. Grasp the meaning

  • "Can you follow her argument?"
  • "When he lectures, i cannot follow"
    synonym:
  • follow

24. Keep to

  • "Stick to your principles"
  • "Stick to the diet"
    synonym:
  • stick to
  • ,
  • stick with
  • ,
  • follow

Examples of using

Tom didn't follow the proper procedure.
We try to follow up on every complaint.
You should follow the advice of your mother.