Definition of Follow

1. Verb. To travel behind, go after, come after. "Sam cannot follow Sue "; "Please follow the guide through the museum"

Generic synonyms: Go, Locomote, Move, Travel
Specialized synonyms: Dawdle, Fall Back, Fall Behind, Lag, Tailgate, Shadow, Carry
Derivative terms: Follower, Following
Antonyms: Precede

2. Verb. Be later in time. "Tuesday always follows Monday"
Exact synonyms: Postdate
Related verbs: Come After
Antonyms: Predate

3. Verb. Come as a logical consequence; follow logically. "The theorem falls out nicely"
Exact synonyms: Fall Out
Generic synonyms: Ensue, Result

4. Verb. Travel along a certain course. "Follow the trail"
Exact synonyms: Travel Along
Generic synonyms: Go, Locomote, Move, Travel
Specialized synonyms: Heel, Ascend

5. Verb. Act in accordance with someone's rules, commands, or wishes. "Abide by the rules"
Exact synonyms: Abide By, Comply
Related verbs: Stick To, Stick With, Adopt, Espouse
Specialized synonyms: Accommodate, Oblige, Toe The Line, Conform To
Generic synonyms: Obey
Derivative terms: Compliance, Compliancy, Compliant

6. Verb. Come after in time, as a result. "A terrible tsunami followed the earthquake"
Exact synonyms: Come After
Generic synonyms: Ensue, Result
Related verbs: Postdate

7. Verb. Behave in accordance or in agreement with. "Follow my example"
Exact synonyms: Conform To
Specialized synonyms: Go By
Generic synonyms: Copy, Imitate, Simulate

8. Verb. Be next. "Mary plays best, with John and Sue following"
Generic synonyms: Be
Related verbs: Come After

9. Verb. Choose and follow; as of theories, ideas, policies, strategies or plans. "The candidate espouses Republican ideals"
Exact synonyms: Adopt, Espouse
Generic synonyms: Choose, Pick Out, Select, Take
Related verbs: Abide By, Comply
Specialized synonyms: Adhere, Stick
Derivative terms: Adoption, Espousal, Following

10. Verb. To bring something about at a later time than. "He followed his lecture with a question and answer period"

11. Verb. Imitate in behavior; take as a model. "Sam cannot follow Sue "; "Teenagers follow their friends in everything"
Exact synonyms: Take After
Generic synonyms: Copy, Imitate, Simulate

12. Verb. Follow, discover, or ascertain the course of development of something. "Trace the student's progress"
Exact synonyms: Trace
Related verbs: Keep Abreast, Keep Up, Keep An Eye On, Observe, Watch, Watch Over
Generic synonyms: Analyse, Analyze, Canvas, Canvass, Examine, Study

13. Verb. Follow with the eyes or the mind. "The children follow the ball"; "She followed the men with the binoculars"

14. Verb. Be the successor (of). "Will Charles succeed to the throne?"

15. Verb. Perform an accompaniment to. "The orchestra could barely follow the frequent pitch changes of the soprano"
Exact synonyms: Accompany, Play Along
Category relationships: Music
Generic synonyms: Play
Derivative terms: Accompaniment, Accompanist

16. Verb. Keep informed. "He kept up on his country's foreign policies"
Exact synonyms: Keep Abreast, Keep Up
Related verbs: Trace

17. Verb. To be the product or result. "Understanding comes from experience"
Exact synonyms: Come
Generic synonyms: Arise, Develop, Grow, Originate, Rise, Spring Up, Uprise
Related verbs: Come

18. Verb. Accept and follow the leadership or command or guidance of. "She followed a guru for years"
Generic synonyms: Act, Behave, Do
Derivative terms: Follower, Following

19. Verb. Adhere to or practice. "These people still follow the laws of their ancient religion"
Generic synonyms: Apply, Practice, Use

20. Verb. Work in a specific place, with a specific subject, or in a specific function. "She is our resident philosopher"
Exact synonyms: Be
Specialized synonyms: Vet, Cox

21. Verb. Keep under surveillance. "They want to follow the prisoners "; "The police had been following him for weeks but they could not prove his involvement in the bombing"
Exact synonyms: Surveil, Survey
Related verbs: Pursue

22. Verb. Follow in or as if in pursuit. "They follow the car down the avenue"; "Her bad deed followed her and haunted her dreams all her life"
Exact synonyms: Pursue
Generic synonyms: Go, Locomote, Move, Travel
Specialized synonyms: Stalk, Chase, Chase After, Dog, Give Chase, Go After, Tag, Tail, Track, Trail, Haunt, Stalk
Related verbs: Surveil, Survey
Derivative terms: Follower, Following, Pursuer, Pursuit

23. Verb. Grasp the meaning. "Sam and Sue follow the movie "; "When he lectures, I cannot follow"
Generic synonyms: Understand

24. Verb. Keep to. "Stick to the diet"
Exact synonyms: Stick To, Stick With
Generic synonyms: Hang In, Hang On, Hold On, Persevere, Persist
Related verbs: Abide By, Comply

Definition of Follow

1. v. t. 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.

2. 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.

3. 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.

Definition of Follow

1. Verb. (transitive) To go or come after in physical space. ¹

2. Verb. (transitive) To go or come after in a sequence. ¹

3. Verb. (transitive) To carry out in accordance to (orders, instructions, etc). ¹

4. Verb. (transitive) To live one's life according to (religion, teachings, etc). ¹

5. Verb. (transitive) To understand, to pay attention to. ¹

6. Verb. (transitive) To watch, to keep track of (reports of) some event or person. ¹

7. Verb. (transitive) To be a logical consequence of. ¹

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Definition of Follow

1. to come or go after [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Medical Definition of Follow

1. 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, 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. Synonym: 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. Origin: OE. Foluwen, folwen, folgen, AS. Folgian, fylgean, fylgan; akin to D. Volgen, OHG. Folgn, G. Folgen, Icel. Fylgja, Sw. Folja, Dan. Folge, and perh. To E. Folk. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Follow

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folliculus ovaricus primarius
folliculus ovaricus vesiculosus
folliculus pili
follow (current term)
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follow in someone's footsteps
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follow one's bliss
follow ons

Literary usage of Follow

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare (1912)
"Thisbe goes off first, then Quince motions Pyramus to follow. He has to pick up helmet, etc., and go of in an undignified manner. The Wall hops of after his ..."

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