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 /ˈfɒləʊ/


WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2014
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. [+ object] to conform to, comply with, or act in accordance with; obey:to follow orders.
  5. [+ object] to move forward along:We followed the road to Gaston.
  6. [+ object] to go in pursuit of:The police followed the fleeing suspects.
  7. [+ object] to engage in or be concerned with as a pursuit:to follow an ideal.
  8. [+ object] to watch the development or progress of: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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.


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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