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fol·low  (fl)
v. fol·lowed, fol·low·ing, fol·lows
v.tr.
1. To come or go after; proceed behind: Follow the usher to your seat.
2.
a. To go after in or as if in pursuit: The wrong she had done followed her and haunted her dream (Katherine Anne Porter).
b. To keep under surveillance: followed the suspect around town.
3.
a. To move along the course of; take: We followed a path to the shore.
b. To go in the direction of; be guided by: followed the sun westward across the plains; followed the signs to the zoo.
4. To accept the guidance, command, or leadership of: follow a spiritual master; rebels who refused to follow their commander.
5. To adhere to; practice: followed family traditions.
6. To take as a model or precedent; imitate: followed my example and resigned.
7.
a. To act in agreement or compliance with; obey: follow the rules; follow ones instincts.
b. To keep to or stick to: followed the recipe; follow a diet.
8. To engage in (a trade or occupation); work at.
9. To come after in order, time, or position: Night follows day.
10. To bring something about at a later time than or as a consequence of: She followed her lecture with a question-and-answer period. The band followed its hit record with a tour.
11. To occur or be evident as a consequence of: Your conclusion does not follow your premise.
12.
a. To watch or observe closely: followed the bird through binoculars.
b. To be attentive to; pay close heed to: too sleepy to follow the sermon.
c. To keep oneself informed of the course, progress, or fortunes of: follow the stock market; followed the local teams.
13. To grasp the meaning or logic of; understand: Do you follow my argument?
v.intr.
1. To come, move, or take place after another person or thing in order or time.
2. To occur or be evident as a consequence; result: If you ignore your diet, trouble will follow.
3. To grasp the meaning or reasoning of something; understand.
n.
1. The act or an instance of following.
2. Games A billiards shot in which the cue ball is struck above center so that it follows the path of the object ball after impact.
Phrasal Verbs:
follow along
To move or proceed in unison or in accord with an example: followed along with the song.
follow through
1. Sports To carry a stroke to natural completion after hitting or releasing a ball or other object.
2. To carry an act, project, or intention to completion; pursue fully: followed through on her promise to reorganize the department.
follow up
1. To carry to completion; follow through on: followed up their recommendations with concrete proposals.
2. To increase the effectiveness or enhance the success of by further action: followed up her interview with an e-mail.
Idioms:
as follows
As will be stated next. Used to introduce a specified enumeration, explanation, or command.
follow (ones) nose
1. To move straight ahead or in a direct path.
2. Informal To be guided by instinct: had no formal training but became a success by following his nose.
follow suit
1. Games To play a card of the same suit as the one led.
2. To do as another has done; follow an example.

[Middle English folowen, from Old English folgian.]
Synonyms: follow, succeed, ensue, result, supervene
These verbs mean to come after something or someone. Follow, which has the widest application, can refer to coming after in time or order, as a consequence or result, or by the operation of logic: Night follows day. He disregarded doctors orders, and a relapse followed. Because she decries violence, it follows that she wont carry a gun. To succeed is to come next after another, especially in planned order determined by considerations such as rank, inheritance, or election: The heir apparent succeeded to the throne.
Ensue usually applies to what is a consequence or logical development: After the government was toppled, chaos ensued.
Result implies that what follows is caused by what has preceded: Failure to file an income tax return can result in a fine.
Supervene, in contrast, refers to something that is often unexpected and that has little relation to what has preceded: A bad harvest supervened (Charlotte Brontë).
Usage Note: As follows (not as follow) is the established form of the idiom regardless of whether the noun that precedes it is singular or plural: The regulations are as follows.


follow  /flo/  v. 1 [I;T] to go after s.o. or s.t., to chase: A dog followed its owner down the street. 2 [T] to go along a path, road, trail, etc.: We followed the dirt road until we reached the lake. 3 [I;T] to happen after another event: Rain followed the dark clouds and lightning. 4 [I;T] to replace (or come after) s.o. or s.t.: A younger professor followed the department chairperson in that position. 5 fig. [I;T] to understand: I follow what you are saying. 6 [T] to obey, cooperate with: Most members of the political party followed the orders of their leader. 7 [T] to pay attention to: She follows the news closely. 8 as follows: to introduce a particular order of actions or list of items: Her qualifications are as follows; an excellent education, previous experience in the field, and an excellent performance record. 9 so it follows that: it is logical that, (syns.) hence, therefore: The company has no cash, so it follows that it must borrow money or go out of business. 10 to follow in s.o.s footsteps or tracks: to do the same as the person before you: She followed in her mothers footsteps and became a musician. 11 to follow ones intuition: to act on feeling, rather than according to facts and reason: He wasnt sure what to do, so he decided to follow his intuition. 12 to follow ones nose: to go in the direction in which you are pointed: The bookstore is located straight ahead, so just follow your nose. 13 to follow suit: to do the same as another person: He asked for a raise, and soon other employees followed suit. 14 to follow the crowd: to do the same as everyone else: She has an unusual style of dressing; she doesnt follow the crowd. 15 phrasal v. sep. to follow s.t. through: a. [I] (as in golf, tennis, and baseball) to continue an arm movement after a ball is hit: She has a good golf swing; she follows through nicely. b. fig. [I;T] to complete a task once it is begun: He always follows through on projects he begins.||He follows them through. 16 phrasal v. sep. [I;T] to follow s.t. up: to take additional steps to further a previous action: You start with sales visits, and then you should follow up with telephone calls.||You should follow them up.

Thesaurus: follow 1 to pursue, trail, tag along after. Ant. to precede. 2 to walk along 3 to come afters.t. | succeed 4 to take the place of, succeed 5 to know, comprehend 6 to heed, abide by |
support 7 to keep up with s.t. follow

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