- to go or come after in the same direction: he followed his friend home
- (transitive) to accompany; attend: she followed her sister everywhere
- to come after as a logical or natural consequence
- (transitive) to keep to the course or track of: she followed the towpath
- (transitive) to act in accordance with; obey: to follow instructions
- (transitive) 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 continuously: she followed his progress carefully
- (transitive) to have a keen interest in: to follow athletics
- (transitive) to help in the cause of or accept the leadership of: the men who followed Napoleon
WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
succeed: [~ + object]Night follows day, and day follows night.[no object]You lead and I'll follow. to happen after something else; come next as an event or result: [no obj]:After the defeat, great disorder followed.[ ~ + obj]:Flooding followed the storm. to go or come after; move behind in the same direction: [~ + object]Drive ahead, and I'll follow you.[no object]Drive ahead and I'll follow. [~ + object] to conform to, comply with, or act in accordance with; obey:to follow orders. [~ + object] to move forward along:We followed the road to Gaston. [~ + object] to go in pursuit of:The police followed the fleeing suspects. [~ + object] to engage in or be concerned with as a pursuit:to follow an ideal. [~ + object] to watch the development or progress of:to follow the news. [not: be + ~-ing] to keep up with and understand (an argument, story, etc.): [~ + object]I can't follow your argument. Do you follow me?[no object]That's the explanation; can you follow? [not: be + ~-ing] to result logically as an effect: [no object]That can't be right —it just doesn't follow.[~ + from + object]That conclusion does not follow from your premise.[It + ~ + that clause]It follows naturally that they must be innocent.
- to carry out fully, such as a stroke in golf or tennis.
- to continue an effort, plan, proposal, policy, etc., to its completion:He followed through on every assignment we gave him.
- to increase the effectiveness of by further action or repetition: [~ + up + object]He followed up the aerobics with stretching exercises.[~ + object + up]followed them up with stretching exercises.
- [~ + up ( + on) + object] to pursue:I'd like to follow up (on) that question.