1. [ verb ] to travel behind, go after, come after

"The ducklings followed their mother around the pond" "Please follow the guide through the museum"

Related terms: precede travel lag shadow carry tailgate follower
2. [ verb ] be later in time
Synonyms: postdate

"Tuesday always follows Monday."

Related terms: predate
3. [ verb ] come as a logical consequence; follow logically
Synonyms: fall_out

"It follows that your assertion is false" "the theorem falls out nicely"

Related terms: result
4. [ verb ] travel along a certain course
Synonyms: travel_along

: "follow the road" "follow the trail"

Related terms: travel ascend heel
5. [ verb ] act in accordance with someone's rules, commands, or wishes
Synonyms: comply abide_by

"He complied with my instructions" "You must comply or else!" "Follow these simple rules" "abide by the rules"

Related terms: obey toe_the_line conform_to oblige adopt stick_to complaisance
6. [ verb ] come after in time, as a result
Synonyms: come_after

"A terrible tsunami followed the earthquake"

Related terms: result postdate
7. [ verb ] behave in accordance or in agreement with
Synonyms: conform_to

"Follow a pattern" "Follow my example"

Related terms: imitate imitate go_by
8. [ verb ] be next

"Mary plays best, with John and Sue following"

Related terms: be
9. [ verb ] choose and follow; as of theories, ideas, policies, strategies or plans
Synonyms: adopt espouse

"She followed the feminist movement" "The candidate espouses Republican ideals"

Related terms: choose adhere comply conform_to adoption
10. [ verb ] 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. [ verb ] imitate in behavior; take as a model
Synonyms: take_after

"Teenagers follow their friends in everything"

Related terms: imitate imitate
12. [ verb ] follow, discover, or ascertain the course of development of something
Synonyms: trace

"We must follow closely the economic development is Cuba" "trace the student's progress"

Related terms: analyze watch keep_up
13. [ verb ] follow with the eyes or the mind
Synonyms: watch keep_an_eye_on observe watch_over

"Keep an eye on the baby, please!" "The world is watching Sarajevo" "She followed the men with the binoculars"

Related terms: check guard invigilate keep_tabs_on trace perceiver observation notice watch
14. [ verb ] be the successor (of)
Synonyms: succeed come_after

"Carter followed Ford" "Will Charles succeed to the throne?

Related terms: precede supplant accede_to accede succession sequence successor
15. [ verb ] (music,performing arts) perform an accompaniment to
Synonyms: accompany play_along

"The orchestra could barely follow the frequent pitch changes of the soprano"

Related terms: play music
16. [ verb ] keep informed
Synonyms: keep_up keep_abreast

"He kept up on his country's foreign policies"

Related terms: trace
17. [ verb ] to be the product or result
Synonyms: come

"Melons come from a vine" "Understanding comes from experience"

Related terms: originate come
18. [ verb ] accept and follow the leadership of command or guidance of

"Let's follow our great helmsman!" "She followed a guru for years"

Related terms: act follower
19. [ verb ] adhere to or practice

"These people still follow the laws of their ancient religion"

Related terms: practice
20. [ verb ] keep under surveillance
Synonyms: surveil survey

"The police had been following him for weeks but they could not prove his involvement in the bombing"

Related terms: pursue
21. [ verb ] follow in or as if in pursuit
Synonyms: pursue

"The police car pursued the suspected attacker" "Her bad deed followed her and haunted her dreams all her life"

Related terms: travel chase haunt stalk pursuer follower
22. [ verb ] grasp the meaning

"Can you follow her argument?" "When he lectures, I cannot follow"

Related terms: understand
23. [ verb ] (work) work in a specific place, with a specific subject, or in a specific function
Synonyms: be work

"He is a herpetologist "She is our resident philosopher"

Related terms: wait carpenter clerk page cox specialize vet minister intern skipper cooper boondoggle work
24. [ verb ] keep to
Synonyms: stick_to stick_with

: "Stick to your principles" "stick to the diet"

Related terms: persevere comply conform_to
Similar spelling:   folio