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.
a news story providing additional information on a story or article previously published.
Also called sidebar, supplementary story. a minor news story used to supplement a related story of major importance. Compare feature story ( def 1 ), human-interest story, shirttail.
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 pertaining to action that follows an initial treatment, course of study, etc.: follow-up care for mental patients; a follow-up survey.

1920–25; noun, adj. use of verb phrase follow up Unabridged
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1. a piece of work that exploits or builds on earlier work; "his new software is a follow-up to the programs they started with" 
2. an activity that continues something that has already begun or that repeats something that has already been done 
3. a subsequent examination of a patient for the purpose of monitoring earlier treatment 
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Example sentences
If you are wrapping up a job search, make sure to attend to several kinds of follow-up.
First there is the sincerity factor, which the chair explained in his follow-up remarks.
The follow-up to that initial meeting was an invitation to interview at her lab.
If you make some juice out of those beautiful purple carrots, post a follow-up
  picture, please.
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