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Definitions of follow

  1. act in accordance with someone's rules, commands, or wishes; " He complied with my instructions"; " You must comply or else!"; " Follow these simple rules"; " abide by the rules"
  2. perform an accompaniment to; " The orchestra could barely follow the frequent pitch changes of the soprano"
  3. work in a specific place, with a specific subject, or in a specific function; " He is a herpetologist"; " She is our resident philosopher"
  4. to be the product or result; " Melons come from a vine"; " Understanding comes from experience"
  5. come after in time, as a result; " A terrible tsunami followed the earthquake"
  6. be the successor ( of); " Carter followed Ford"; " Will Charles succeed to the throne?"
  7. behave in accordance or in agreement with; " Follow a pattern"; " Follow my example"
  8. 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"
  9. keep informed; " He kept up on his country's foreign policies"
  10. keep to; " Stick to your principles"; " stick to the diet"
  11. grasp the meaning; " Can you follow her argument?"; " When he lectures, I cannot follow"
  12. follow, discover, or ascertain the course of development of something; " We must follow closely the economic development is Cuba" ; " trace the student's progress"
  13. imitate in behavior; take as a model; " Teenagers follow their friends in everything"
  14. travel along a certain course; " follow the road"; " follow the trail"
  15. follow in or as if in pursuit; " The police car pursued the suspected attacker"; " Her bad deed followed her and haunted her dreams all her life"
  16. follow with the eyes or the mind; " Keep an eye on the baby, please!"; " The world is watching Sarajevo"; " She followed the men with the binoculars"
  17. keep under surveillance; " The police had been following him for weeks but they could not prove his involvement in the bombing"
  18. to travel behind, go after, come after; " The ducklings followed their mother around the pond"; " Please follow the guide through the museum"
  19. adhere to or practice; " These people still follow the laws of their ancient religion"
  20. accept and follow the leadership or command or guidance of; " Let's follow our great helmsman!"; " She followed a guru for years"
  21. be later in time; " Tuesday always follows Monday"
  22. come as a logical consequence; follow logically; " It follows that your assertion is false"; " the theorem falls out nicely"
  23. be next; " Mary plays best, with John and Sue following"
  24. To go or come after; to move behind in the same path or direction; hence, to go with ( a leader, guide, etc.); to accompany; to attend.
  25. To accept as authority; to adopt the opinions of; to obey; to yield to; to take as a rule of action; as, to follow good advice.
  26. To copy after; to take as an example.
  27. To succeed in order of time, rank, or office.
  28. To result from, as an effect from a cause, or an inference from a premise.
  29. To watch, as a receding object; to keep the eyes fixed upon while in motion; to keep the mind upon while in progress, as a speech, musical performance, etc.; also, to keep up with; to understand the meaning, connection, or force of, as of a course of thought or argument.
  30. To walk in, as a road or course; to attend upon closely, as a profession or calling.
  31. The art or process of following; specif., in some games, as billiards, a stroke causing a ball to follow another ball after hitting it. Also used adjectively; as, follow shot.
  32. To go or come after; - used in the various senses of the transitive verb: To pursue; to attend; to accompany; to be a result; to imitate.
  33. To go or come after; pursue; succeed in order; accompany; attend; support the opinions or cause of; imitate or conform to; watch or attend to closely; to practice; as, to follow a profession.
  34. To go or come after another; result.
  35. To go after or behind; to pursue; to attend; to imitate; to obey; to adopt, as an opinion; to keep the eye or mind fixed on; to pursue, as an object of desire; to result from; ( B.) to strive to obtain.
  36. To come after another; to result.
  37. SUCCEED, ENSUE. Follow and succeed are applied to persons or things; ensue, in modern literature, to things only. Follow denotes the mere going in order in a track or line, but tells nothing of the relative positions, in respect of either place or time, of the individuals; succeed, implying a regular series, denotes the being in the same place which another has held immediately before; as, a crowd may follow, but only one person or event can succeed to another. Ensue is to follow close upon, to follow as the effect of, or on some settled principle of order; as, nothing but suffering can ensue from such a course.
  38. To go after; pursue; succeed; imitate; obey; result from.
  39. To go after; result.
  40. To go or come after; accompany; attend; pursue; engage in; obey.
  41. To be a natural consequence.
  42. To go or come after, or behind; to pursue in order to overtake or obtain; to accompany; to adhere to, and go along with; to result from; to pursue with the eye; to imitate; to pay close attention to; to attend to closely; to obey.
  43. To come after another; to result. To follow on, to continue pursuit or endeavour.
  44. To go after or behind; to come after; to attend; to pursue; to result from or ensue; to adopt.

Usage examples for follow

  1. Oh, perhaps they will follow us! – On the Banks of the Amazon by W.H.G. Kingston
  2. Let each follow his own. – The Second Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling
  3. The only thing left for him to do was to follow them. – Pinocchio in Africa by Cherubini
  4. It will follow us. – The Passionate Elopement by Compton Mackenzie
  5. Yes, dear Master, I am here to follow you. – Autobiography of a YOGI by Paramhansa Yogananda
  6. Molly and Edwin went on their wedding trip to- But is it kind to follow them? – Molly Brown's Orchard Home by Nell Speed
  7. How the Little People follow! – The Second Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling
  8. Sire, I would follow your majesty to the end of the world! – NAPOLEON AND BLUCHER by L. Muhlbach
  9. Well, we'll follow him up. – Jack Haydon's Quest by John Finnemore
  10. Please don't follow me! – A Monk of Cruta by E. Phillips Oppenheim
  11. And the other one to follow... – The Crystal Stopper by Maurice LeBlanc
  12. You and Geraldine are going too far for me to follow.... – The Danger Mark by Robert W. Chambers
  13. I am afraid that if I loved you I should follow you to the end of the world. – Arms and the Woman by Harold MacGrath
  14. I shall follow, as soon as I can get a horse to ride. – Patsy by S. R. Crockett
  15. None of them would follow where there was no heart. – The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith by George Meredith
  16. We'll see that we follow suit. – The Road to Understanding by Eleanor H. Porter
  17. She had but to follow this light! – The Redemption of David Corson by Charles Frederic Goss
  18. Just follow it along. – Mary Wollaston by Henry Kitchell Webster
  19. Let me have a word with you, before we follow them! – Three Comedies by Björnstjerne M. Björnson Commentator: R. Farquharson Sharp
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