What is the meaning of follow?


  • To travel behind, go after, come after.
    • usage: "The ducklings followed their mother around the pond"; "Please follow the guide through the museum"
  • Be later in time.
    • usage: "Tuesday always follows Monday"
  • Come as a logical consequence; follow logically.
    • usage: "It follows that your assertion is false"; "the theorem falls out nicely"
  • Travel along a certain course.
    • usage: "follow the road"; "follow the trail"
  • Act in accordance with someone's rules, commands, or wishes.
    • usage: "He complied with my instructions"; "You must comply or else"; "Follow these simple rules"; "abide by the rules"
  • Come after in time, as a result.
    • usage: "A terrible tsunami followed the earthquake"
  • Behave in accordance or in agreement with.
    • usage: "Follow a pattern"; "Follow my example"
  • Be next.
    • usage: "Mary plays best, with John and Sue following"
  • Choose and follow; as of theories, ideas, policies, strategies or plans.
    • usage: "She followed the feminist movement"; "The candidate espouses Republican ideals"
  • To bring something about at a later time than.
    • usage: "She followed dinner with a brandy"; "He followed his lecture with a question and answer period"
  • Imitate in behavior; take as a model.
    • usage: "Teenagers follow their friends in everything"
  • Follow, discover, or ascertain the course of development of something.
    • usage: "We must follow closely the economic development is Cuba"; "trace the student's progress"
  • Follow with the eyes or the mind.
    • usage: "Keep an eye on the baby, please"; "The world is watching Sarajevo"; "She followed the men with the binoculars"
  • Be the successor (of. )
    • usage: "Carter followed Ford"; "Will Charles succeed to the throne"
  • Perform an accompaniment to.
    • usage: "The orchestra could barely follow the frequent pitch changes of the soprano"
  • Keep informed.
    • usage: "He kept up on his country's foreign policies"
  • To be the product or result.
    • usage: "Melons come from a vine"; "Understanding comes from experience"
  • Accept and follow the leadership or command or guidance of.
    • usage: "Let's follow our great helmsman"; "She followed a guru for years"
  • Adhere to or practice.
    • usage: "These people still follow the laws of their ancient religion"
  • Work in a specific place, with a specific subject, or in a specific function.
    • usage: "He is a herpetologist"; "She is our resident philosopher"
    • synonyms: be
  • Keep under surveillance.
    • usage: "The police had been following him for weeks but they could not prove his involvement in the bombing"
  • Follow in or as if in pursuit.
    • usage: "The police car pursued the suspected attacker"; "Her bad deed followed her and haunted her dreams all her life"
  • Grasp the meaning.
    • usage: "Can you follow her argument"; "When he lectures, I cannot follow"
  • Keep to.
    • usage: "Stick to your principles"; "stick to the diet"
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APAWordNet. (2010). follow. Retrieved September 24, 2018, from http://smartdefine.org/follow/definitions/1276787
ChicagoWordNet. 2010. "follow" http://smartdefine.org/follow/definitions/1276787 (accessed September 24, 2018).
HarvardWordNet 2010, follow, Smart Define, viewed 24 September, 2018, <http://smartdefine.org/follow/definitions/1276787>.
MLAWordNet. "follow" 23 October 2010. Web. 24 September 2018. <http://smartdefine.org/follow/definitions/1276787>
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