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 /ˈfɒləʊ/



WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
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.
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 © 2015
fol•low  (folō), 
v.t. 
  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?

v.i. 
  • to come next after something else in sequence, order of time, etc.
  • to happen or occur after something else; come next as an event:After the defeat great disorder followed.
  • to attend or serve.
  • to go or come after a person or thing in motion.
  • to result as an effect;
    occur as a consequence:It follows then that he must be innocent.
  • follow out, to carry to a conclusion; execute:They followed out their orders to the letter.
  • Games, Idiomsfollow suit. See suit (def. 13).
  • 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.

    n. 
  • the act of following.
  • Games, Sport[Billiards, Pool.]See follow shot (def. 2).
  • 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. 
    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. ant'> 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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