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Meaning of follow by Wiktionary Dictionary



    Middle English folwen, folgen from Old English folġian, fylgan 'to follow, pursue', from Proto-Germanic *fulʒēnan ( compare West Frisian folgje, Dutch volgen, German folgen ), from *fulkan 'folk'. More at folk .


    • ( RP ) IPA: /ˈfɒləʊ/
    • ( GenAm ) IPA: /ˈfɑloʊ/
    • Rhymes: -ɒləʊ


    follow ( third-person singular simple present follows present participle following, simple past and past participle followed )

    1. ( transitive ) To go or come after in physical space .
      Follow that car!
    2. ( transitive ) To go or come after in a sequence .
      B follows A in the alphabet .
    3. ( transitive ) To carry out in accordance to ( orders, instructions, etc ) .
      Follow these instructions to the letter .
    4. ( transitive ) To live one's life according to ( religion, teachings, etc ) .
    5. ( transitive ) To understand, to pay attention to .
      Do you follow me?
    6. ( transitive ) To watch, to keep track of ( reports of ) some event or person .
      I followed the incumbent throughout the election .
    7. ( transitive ) To be a logical consequence of .
      It follows that if two numbers are not equal then one is larger than the other .



    See also

    • chase v


Explanation of follow by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. keep informed

    2. behave in accordance or in agreement with

    3. Follow a pattern
      Follow my example
    4. keep to

    5. grasp the meaning

    6. Can you follow her argument?
      When he lectures, I cannot follow
    7. follow, discover, or ascertain the course of development of something

    8. We must follow closely the economic development is Cuba; trace the student's progress
    9. perform an accompaniment to

    10. The orchestra could barely follow the frequent pitch changes of the soprano
    11. imitate in behavior

    12. Teenagers follow their friends in everything
    13. travel along a certain course

    14. follow the road
      follow the trail
    15. to travel behind, go after, come after

    16. The ducklings followed their mother around the pond
      Please follow the guide through the museum
    17. follow in or as if in pursuit

    18. Her bad deed followed her and haunted her dreams all her life
    19. keep under surveillance

    20. The police had been following him for weeks but they could not prove his involvement in the bombing
    21. choose and follow

    22. She followed the feminist movement
    23. be the successor ( of )

    24. Carter followed Ford
    25. work in a specific place, with a specific subject, or in a specific function

    26. follow with the eyes or the mind

    27. She followed the men with the binoculars
    28. act in accordance with someone's rules, commands, or wishes

    29. Follow these simple rules
    30. adhere to or practice

    31. These people still follow the laws of their ancient religion
    32. accept and follow the leadership or command or guidance of

    33. Let's follow our great helmsman!
      She followed a guru for years
    34. to be the product or result

    35. be later in time

    36. Tuesday always follows Monday
    37. come as a logical consequence

    38. It follows that your assertion is false
    39. come after in time, as a result

    40. A terrible tsunami followed the earthquake
    41. be next

    42. Mary plays best, with John and Sue following
    43. to bring something about at a later time than

    44. She followed dinner with a brandy
      He followed his lecture with a question and answer period

    Definition of follow by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Follow v. t. [imp. & p. p. Followed ; p. pr. & vb. n. Following.][OE. foluwen, folwen, folgen, AS. folgian, fylgean, fylgan; akin to D. volgen, OHG. folgēn, G. folgen, Icel. fylgja, Sw. följa, Dan. fölge, and perh. to E. folk.]
      1. To go or come after; to move behind in the same path or direction; hence, to go with ( a leader, guide, etc. ); to accompany; to attend.

      It waves me forth again; I'll follow it. Shak.

      2. To endeavor to overtake; to go in pursuit of; to chase; to pursue; to prosecute.

      I will harden the hearts of the Egyptians, and they shall follow them. Ex. xiv. 17.

      3. To accept as authority; to adopt the opinions of; to obey; to yield to; to take as a rule of action; as, “to follow good advice”.

      Approve the best, and follow what I approve. Milton.

      Follow peace with all men. Heb. xii. 14.

      It is most agreeable to some men to follow their reason; and to others to follow their appetites. J. Edwards.

      4. To copy after; to take as an example.

      We had rather follow the perfections of them whom we like not, than in defects resemble them whom we love. Hooker.

      5. To succeed in order of time, rank, or office.

      6. To result from, as an effect from a cause, or an inference from a premise.

      7. To watch, as a receding object; to keep the eyes fixed upon while in motion; to keep the mind upon while in progress, as a speech, musical performance, etc.; also, to keep up with; to understand the meaning, connection, or force of, as of a course of thought or argument.

      He followed with his eyes the flitting shade. Dryden.

      8. To walk in, as a road or course; to attend upon closely, as a profession or calling.

      O, had I but followed the arts! Shak.

      O Antony! I have followed thee to this. Shak.

      Follow board ( Founding ), a board on which the pattern and the flask lie while the sand is rammed into the flask. Knight. -- To follow the hounds, to hunt with dogs. -- To follow suit ( Card Playing ), to play a card of the same suit as the leading card; hence, colloquially, to follow an example set. -- To follow up, to pursue indefatigably.

      Syn.- To pursue; chase; go after; attend; accompany; succeed; imitate; copy; embrace; maintain. - To Follow, Pursue. To follow ( v.t. ) denotes simply to go after; to pursue denotes to follow with earnestness, and with a view to attain some definite object; as, “a hound pursues the deer”. So a person follows a companion whom he wishes to overtake on a journey; the officers of justice pursue a felon who has escaped from prison.

    2. Follow, v. i. To go or come after; -- used in the various senses of the transitive verb: To pursue; to attend; to accompany; to be a result; to imitate.

      Syn. -- To Follow, Succeed, Ensue. To follow ( v.i. ) means simply to come after; as, “a crowd followed”. To succeed means to come after in some regular series or succession; as, “day succeeds to day, and night to night”. To ensue means to follow by some established connection or principle of sequence. As wave follows wave, revolution succeeds to revolution; and nothing ensues but accumulated wretchedness.

    3. Follow n. The art or process of following; specif., in some games, as billiards, a stroke causing a ball to follow another ball after hitting it. Also used adjectively; as, “follow shot”.