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Verb: follow  fó-low
  1. To travel behind, go after, come after
    "The ducklings followed their mother around the pond"; "Please follow the guide through the museum"
  2. Be later in time
    "Tuesday always follows Monday";
    - postdate
  3. Be a logical consequence
    "It follows that your assertion is false";
    - fall out
  4. Travel along a certain course
    "follow the trail";
    - travel along
  5. Act in accordance with someone's rules, commands, or wishes
    "Follow these simple rules";
    - comply, abide by
  6. Come after in time, as a result
    "A terrible tsunami followed the earthquake";
    - come after
  7. Behave in accordance or in agreement with
    "Follow a pattern"; "Follow my example";
    - conform to
  8. Be next
    "Mary plays best, with John and Sue following"
  9. Choose and follow; as of theories, ideas, policies, strategies or plans
    "She followed the feminist movement";
    - adopt, espouse
  10. To bring something about at a later time than
    "She followed dinner with a brandy"; "He followed his lecture with a question and answer period"
  11. Imitate in behaviour; take as a model
    "Teenagers follow their friends in everything";
    - take after
  12. (Internet) track a person or group on a social media site
    "Follow her on Facebook and subscribe to her blog"
  13. Follow, discover, or ascertain the course of development of something
    "We must follow closely the economic development in Cuba";
    - trace
  14. Follow with the eyes or the mind
    "She followed the men with the binoculars";
    - watch, observe, watch over, keep an eye on
  15. Be the successor (of)
    "Carter followed Ford";
    - succeed, come after
  16. (music) perform an accompaniment to
    "The orchestra could barely follow the frequent pitch changes of the soprano";
    - play along, accompany
  17. Keep informed
    "He followed on his country's foreign policies";
    - keep up, keep abreast
  18. To be the product or result
    - come
  19. Accept and follow the leadership, command or guidance of
    "Let's follow our great helmsman!"; "She followed a guru for years"
  20. Adhere to or practice
    "These people still follow the laws of their ancient religion"
  21. Work in a specific place, with a specific subject, or in a specific function
    "He follows a herpetologist";
    - be
  22. Keep under surveillance
    "The police had been following him for weeks but they could not prove his involvement in the bombing";
    - surveil, survey
  23. Follow in or as if in pursuit
    "Her bad deed followed her and haunted her dreams all her life";
    - pursue
  24. Grasp the meaning
    "Can you follow her argument?"; "When he lectures, I cannot follow"
  25. Keep to
    "follow your principles";
    - stick to, stick with
  26. (social media) to subscribe to someone's updates on social media
  27. To be subscribed to updates from another user on social media

Derived forms: following, follows, followed

Type of: act, analyse [Brit, Cdn], analyze [N. Amer], apply, arise, be, behave, canvass, check, check into, check out, check over, check up on, choose, copy, develop, do, ensue, examine, go, go over, grow, hang in, hang on, hold on, imitate, locomote, look into, move, obey, originate, persevere, persist, pick out, play, practice [N. Amer], practise [Brit, Cdn], result, rise, select, simulate, spring up, study, subscribe, subscribe to, sus [Brit, informal], suss [Brit, informal], suss out [Brit, informal], take, travel, understand, uprise, use

Antonym: precede, unfollow

Encyclopedia: Follow