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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
fol•low /ˈfɑloʊ/USA pronunciation   v. 
  1. to come after in sequence or order;
    succeed: [+ object]Night follows day, and day follows night.[no object]You lead and I'll follow.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. to conform to, comply with, or act in accordance with; obey[+ object]to follow orders.
  5. to move forward along[+ object]We followed the road to Gaston.
  6. to go in pursuit of[+ object]The police followed the fleeing suspects.
  7. to engage in or be concerned with as a pursuit[+ object]to follow an ideal.
  8. to watch the development or progress of[+ object]to follow the news.
  9. [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?
  10. [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.
follow through, [no object]
    • 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.
follow up: 
    • 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.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
fol•low  (folō), 
  1. to come after in sequence, order of time, etc.:The speech follows the dinner.
  2. to go or come after; move behind in the same direction:Drive ahead, and I'll follow you.
  3. to accept as a guide or leader;
    accept the authority of or give allegiance to:Many Germans followed Hitler.
  4. to conform to, comply with, or act in accordance with; obey:to follow orders;
    to follow advice.
  5. to imitate or copy;
    use as an exemplar:They follow the latest fads.
  6. to move forward along (a road, path, etc.):Follow this road for a mile.
  7. to come after as a result or consequence; result from:Reprisals often follow victory.
  8. to go after or along with (a person) as companion.
  9. to go in pursuit of:to follow an enemy.
  10. to try for or attain to:to follow an ideal.
  11. to engage in or be concerned with as a pursuit:He followed the sea as his true calling.
  12. to watch the movements, progress, or course of:to follow a bird in flight.
  13. to watch the development of or keep up with:to follow the news.
  14. to keep up with and understand (an argument, story, etc.):Do you follow me?

  1. to come next after something else in sequence, order of time, etc.
  2. to happen or occur after something else; come next as an event:After the defeat great disorder followed.
  3. to attend or serve.
  4. to go or come after a person or thing in motion.
  5. to result as an effect;
    occur as a consequence:It follows then that he must be innocent.
  6. follow out, to carry to a conclusion; execute:They followed out their orders to the letter.
  7. Games, Idiomsfollow suit. See suit (def. 13).
  8. follow through: 
      • 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.
    follow up: 
      • to pursue closely and tenaciously.
      • to increase the effectiveness of by further action or repetition.
      • to pursue to a solution or conclusion.

  1. the act of following.
  2. Games, Sport[Billiards, Pool.]See follow shot (def. 2).
  3. Journalismfollow-up (def. 3).
Etymology:bef. 900;
Middle English folwen, Old English folgian;
cognate with Old Saxon folgon, Old High German folgēn, folgōn (German folgen)
follow•a•ble, adj. 
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.
1 . precede. 2, 3 . lead. 4 . disregard. 9 . flee.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

follow /ˈfɒləʊ/ vb
  1. to go or come after in the same direction: he followed his friend home
  2. (transitive) to accompany; attend: she followed her sister everywhere
  3. to come after as a logical or natural consequence
  4. (transitive) to keep to the course or track of: she followed the towpath
  5. (transitive) to act in accordance with; obey: to follow instructions
  6. (transitive) to accept the ideas or beliefs of (a previous authority, etc): he followed Donne in most of his teachings
  7. to understand (an explanation, argument, etc): the lesson was difficult to follow
  8. to watch closely or continuously: she followed his progress carefully
  9. (transitive) to have a keen interest in: to follow athletics
  10. (transitive) to help in the cause of or accept the leadership of: the men who followed Napoleon
Etymology: Old English folgian; related to Old Frisian folgia, Old Saxon folgōn, Old High German folgēn

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