Definition of Follow in English :

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Follow meaning in English

Meaning of Follow in English

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see synonyms of follow


1. follow

to travel behind, go after, come after

Example Sentences:
'The ducklings followed their mother around the pond'
'Please follow the guide through the museum'

2. follow, postdate

be later in time

Example Sentences:
'Tuesday always follows Monday'

3. fall out, follow

come as a logical consequence; follow logically

Example Sentences:
'It follows that your assertion is false'
'the theorem falls out nicely'

4. follow, travel along

travel along a certain course

Example Sentences:
'follow the road'
'follow the trail'

5. abide by, comply, follow

act in accordance with someone's rules, commands, or wishes

Example Sentences:
'He complied with my instructions'
'You must comply or else!'
'Follow these simple rules'
'abide by the rules'

6. come after, follow

come after in time, as a result

Example Sentences:
'A terrible tsunami followed the earthquake'

7. conform to, follow

behave in accordance or in agreement with

Example Sentences:
'Follow a pattern'
'Follow my example'

8. follow

be next

Example Sentences:
'Mary plays best, with John and Sue following'

9. adopt, espouse, follow

choose and follow; as of theories, ideas, policies, strategies or plans

Example Sentences:
'She followed the feminist movement'
'The candidate espouses Republican ideals'

10. follow

to bring something about at a later time than

Example Sentences:
'She followed dinner with a brandy'
'He followed his lecture with a question and answer period'

11. follow, take after

imitate in behavior; take as a model

Example Sentences:
'Teenagers follow their friends in everything'

12. follow, trace

follow, discover, or ascertain the course of development of something

Example Sentences:
'We must follow closely the economic development is Cuba'
'trace the student's progress'

13. follow, keep an eye on, observe, watch, watch over

follow with the eyes or the mind

Example Sentences:
'Keep an eye on the baby, please!'
'The world is watching Sarajevo'
'She followed the men with the binoculars'

14. come after, follow, succeed

be the successor (of)

Example Sentences:
'Carter followed Ford'
'Will Charles succeed to the throne?'

15. accompany, follow, play along

perform an accompaniment to

Example Sentences:
'The orchestra could barely follow the frequent pitch changes of the soprano'

16. follow, keep abreast, keep up

keep informed

Example Sentences:
'He kept up on his country's foreign policies'

17. come, follow

to be the product or result

Example Sentences:
'Melons come from a vine'
'Understanding comes from experience'

18. follow

accept and follow the leadership or command or guidance of

Example Sentences:
'Let's follow our great helmsman!'
'She followed a guru for years'

19. follow

adhere to or practice

Example Sentences:
'These people still follow the laws of their ancient religion'

20. be, follow

work in a specific place, with a specific subject, or in a specific function

Example Sentences:
'He is a herpetologist'
'She is our resident philosopher'

21. follow, surveil, survey

keep under surveillance

Example Sentences:
'The police had been following him for weeks but they could not prove his involvement in the bombing'

22. follow, pursue

follow in or as if in pursuit

Example Sentences:
'The police car pursued the suspected attacker'
'Her bad deed followed her and haunted her dreams all her life'

23. follow

grasp the meaning

Example Sentences:
'Can you follow her argument?'
'When he lectures, I cannot follow'

24. follow, stick to, stick with

keep to

Example Sentences:
'Stick to your principles'
'stick to the diet'

WordNet Lexical Database for English. Princeton University. 2010.


see synonyms of follow
to go or come after in the same direction
he followed his friend home
2. (transitive)
to accompany; attend
she followed her sister everywhere
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
to understand (an explanation, argument, etc)
the lesson was difficult to follow
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
11. (transitive)
to choose to receive messages posted by (a blogger or microblogger)
I've been following her online
12. (transitive) rare
to earn a living at or in
to follow the Navy
13.  follow suit
14. billiards, snooker
a forward spin imparted to a cue ball causing it to roll after the object ball
a shot made in this way

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see synonyms of follow
verb transitive
to come or go after
to go after in order to catch; chase; pursue
to go along
follow the right road
to come or occur after in time, in a series, etc.
to provide with something that comes after
to follow praise with blame
to take the place of in rank, position, etc.
Monroe followed Madison as president
to take up; engage in
to follow a trade
to come or happen as a result of
disease often follows malnutrition
to take as a model; act in accordance with; imitate
to accept the authority of; obey
to follow rules
to support or advocate the ideas, opinions, etc. of
to watch or listen to closely; observe
to follow a conversation intently
to be interested in or attentive to current developments in
to follow local politics
to understand the continuity or logic of
do you follow me?
verb intransitive
to come, go, or happen after or next after some thing or person in place, sequence, or time
to occur as a natural or logical consequence; result
the act of following
18.  Billiards
a shot that imparts a forward spin to the cue ball so that it continues rolling in the same direction after striking the object ball
: also follow shot

Webster’s New World College Dictionary, 4th Edition. Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.


see synonyms of follow
v. fol·lowed, fol·low·ing, fol·lows
a. To come or go after; proceed behind: Follow the usher to your seat.
b. To go after in pursuit: would follow his enemy to the ends of the earth.
c. To keep under surveillance: The agent followed the suspect around town.
a. To move along the course of; take: We followed the path.
b. To move in the direction of; be guided by: followed the sun westward; followed the signs to the zoo.
c. To lie in the same path as: The road follows the old trading route.
d. To be parallel to: The road follows the river.
3. To accept the guidance, command, or leadership of: follow a spiritual master; rebels who refused to follow their leader.
4. To adhere to; practice: followed family traditions.
5. To take as a model or precedent; imitate: followed my example and resigned.
a. To act in agreement or compliance with; obey: follow the rules; follow one's instincts.
b. To keep to or stick to: followed the recipe; follow a diet.
7. To engage in (a trade or occupation); work at.
8. To come after in order, time, or position: Night follows day.
9. 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 album with a tour.
10. To occur or be evident as a consequence of: Your conclusion does not follow your premise.
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.
12. To grasp the meaning or logic of; understand: Do you follow my argument?
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.
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.

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