follow [fol-oh] /ˈfɒl oʊ/ Show IPA
verb phrases 3
verb (used with object)
to come after in sequence, order of time, etc.:
The speech follows the dinner.
to go or come after; move behind in the same direction:
Drive ahead, and I'll follow you.
to accept as a guide or leader; accept the authority of or give allegiance to:
Many Germans followed Hitler.
to conform to, comply with, or act in accordance with; obey:
to follow orders; to follow advice.
to imitate or copy; use as an exemplar:
They follow the latest fads.
to move forward along (a road, path, etc.):
Follow this road for a mile.
to come after as a result or consequence; result from:
Reprisals often follow victory.
to go after or along with (a person) as companion.
to go in pursuit of:
to follow an enemy.
to try for or attain to:
to follow an ideal.
to engage in or be concerned with as a pursuit:
He followed the sea as his true calling.
to watch the movements, progress, or course of:
to follow a bird in flight.
to watch the development of or keep up with:
to follow the news.
to keep up with and understand (an argument, story, etc.):
Do you follow me?
verb (used without object)
to come next after something else in sequence, order of time, etc.
to happen or occur after something else; come next as an event:
After the defeat great disorder followed.
to go or come after a person or thing in motion.
to result as an effect; occur as a consequence:
It follows then that he must be innocent.
the act of following.
to carry to a conclusion; execute:
They followed out their orders to the letter.
to carry out fully, as a stroke of a club in golf, a racket in tennis, etc.
to continue an effort, plan, proposal, policy, etc., to its completion.
to pursue closely and tenaciously.
to increase the effectiveness of by further action or repetition.
to pursue to a solution or conclusion.
follow suit. suit
before 900; Middle English folwen, Old English folgian; cognate with Old Saxon folgon, Old High German folgēn, folgōn (German folgen)
3. obey. 4. heed, observe. 8. accompany, attend. 9. pursue, chase; trail, track, trace. 19. arise, proceed. Follow, ensue, result, succeed imply coming after something else, in a natural sequence. Follow is the general word: We must wait to see what follows. A detailed account follows. Ensue implies a logical sequence, what might be expected normally to come after a given act, cause, etc.: When the power lines were cut, a paralysis of transportation ensued. Result emphasizes the connection between a cause or event and its effect, consequence, or outcome: The accident resulted in injuries to those involved. Succeed implies coming after in time, particularly coming into a title, office, etc.: Formerly the oldest son succeeded to his father's title.
1. precede. 2, 3. lead. 4. disregard. 9. flee.