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[fol-oh-uhp] /ˈfɒl oʊˌʌp/
the act of following up.
an action or thing that serves to increase the effectiveness of a previous one, as a second or subsequent letter, phone call, or visit.
Also called follow. Journalism.
  1. a news story providing additional information on a story or article previously published.
  2. Also called sidebar, supplementary story. a minor news story used to supplement a related story of major importance.
designed or serving to follow up, especially to increase the effectiveness of a previous action:
a follow-up interview; a follow-up offer.
of or relating to action that follows an initial treatment, course of study, etc.:
follow-up care for mental patients; a follow-up survey.
Origin of follow-up
1920-25; noun, adj. use of verb phrase follow up Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for follow-up
  • If you are wrapping up a job search, make sure to attend to several kinds of follow-up.
  • If you make some juice out of those beautiful purple carrots, post a follow-up picture, please.
  • follow-up booster shots would be necessary for lifelong protection.
  • Team leaders said it will take weeks of follow-up research to determine whether any of the animals are actually new species.
  • It is usually held on the second day of the interview or during a follow-up interview.
  • First there is the sincerity factor, which the chair explained in his follow-up remarks.
  • If you made a favorable impression on the committee, you won't have to remind them who you are by sending a follow-up letter.
  • The key follow-up step is to mobilize partisans in your favor.
  • The follow-up to that initial meeting was an invitation to interview at her lab.
  • The leaders also agreed a follow-up scheme to keep up pressure to integrate security policy.
British Dictionary definitions for follow-up

follow up

verb (transitive, adverb)
to pursue or investigate (a person, evidence, etc) closely
to continue (action) after a beginning, esp to increase its effect
  1. something done to reinforce an initial action
  2. (as modifier): a follow-up letter
(med) a routine examination of a patient at various intervals after medical or surgical treatment
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