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follow (ˈfɒləʊ Pronunciation for follow

Definitions

verb

  1. to go or come after in the same direction   ⇒ he followed his friend home
  2. (transitive) to accompany; attend   ⇒ she followed her sister everywhere
  3. to come after as a logical or natural consequence
  4. (transitive) to keep to the course or track of   ⇒ she followed the towpath
  5. (transitive) to act in accordance with; obey   ⇒ to follow instructions
  6. (transitive) to accept the ideas or beliefs of (a previous authority, etc)   ⇒ he followed Donne in most of his teachings
  7. to understand (an explanation, argument, etc)   ⇒ the lesson was difficult to follow
  8. to watch closely or continuously   ⇒ she followed his progress carefully
  9. (transitive) to have a keen interest in   ⇒ to follow athletics
  10. (transitive) to help in the cause of or accept the leadership of   ⇒ the men who followed Napoleon
  11. (transitive) to choose to receive messages posted by (a blogger or microblogger)   ⇒ I've been following her online
  12. (transitive) (rare) to earn a living at or in   ⇒ to follow the Navy
  13. See follow suit

noun

  1. (billiards, snooker)
    1. a forward spin imparted to a cue ball causing it to roll after the object ball
    2. a shot made in this way

Derived Forms

ˈfollowable adjective

Word Origin

Old English folgian; related to Old Frisian folgia, Old Saxon folgōn, Old High German folgēn

Synonyms

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= accompany, attend, escort, come after, go behind, tag along behind, bring up the rear, come behind, come or go with, tread on the heels of
= pursue, track, dog, hunt, chase, shadow, tail, trail, hound, stalk, run after,
= come after, go after, come next,
= result, issue, develop, spring, flow, proceed, arise, ensue, roll up, emanate, be consequent, supervene
= obey, observe, comply with, adhere to, mind, watch, note, regard, stick to, heed, conform to, keep to, pay attention to, be guided by, toe the line, act according to, act in accordance with, give allegiance to,
= copy, imitate, emulate, mimic, model, adopt, live up to, take a leaf out of someone's book, take as an example, pattern yourself upon
= succeed, replace, come after, take over from, come next, supersede, supplant, take the place of, step into the shoes of
= understand, get, see, catch, realize, appreciate, take in, grasp, catch on, keep up with, comprehend, fathom, get the hang of, get the picture
= keep up with, support, be interested in, cultivate, be devoted to, be a fan of, keep abreast of, be a devotee or supporter of

Translations for 'follow'

  • British English: followPronunciation for follow If you follow someone who is going somewhere, you move along behind them.We followed him up the steps.They took him into a small room and I followed.ˈfɒləʊ VERB
  • Arabic: يَتْبَعُPronunciation for يَتْبَعُ
  • Brazilian Portuguese: seguirPronunciation for seguir
  • Chinese: 跟随Pronunciation for 跟随
  • Croatian: slijeditiPronunciation for slijediti
  • Czech: následovatPronunciation for následovat
  • Danish: følgePronunciation for følge
  • Dutch: volgenPronunciation for volgen
  • European Spanish: seguirPronunciation for seguirpersona
  • Finnish: seurataPronunciation for seurata
  • French: suivrePronunciation for suivre
  • German: folgenPronunciation for folgen
  • Greek: ακολουθώPronunciation for ακολουθώ
  • Italian: seguirePronunciation for seguire
  • Japanese: ・・・について行くPronunciation for ・・・について行く
  • Korean: ...에 잇따르다Pronunciation for ...에 잇따르다
  • Norwegian: følge (etter)Pronunciation for følge (etter)
  • Polish: nastąpićPronunciation for nastąpić następować
  • Portuguese: seguirPronunciation for seguir
  • Romanian: a urma
  • Russian: следоватьPronunciation for следовать
  • Spanish: seguirPronunciation for seguirvenir detrás
  • Swedish: följaPronunciation for följa
  • Thai: ตามPronunciation for ตาม
  • Turkish: izlemekPronunciation for izlemek
  • Ukrainian: іти за
  • Vietnamese: đi theoPronunciation for đi theo

Example Sentences Including 'follow'

Don't sit right at the front but tuck in behind someone you know is a good rider and follow them.
Cycling Weekly (2004)
Everyone was talking about the race, they were keen to follow it, especially with Steve racing again.
Rob Mundle FATAL STORM (2001)
He felt paralyzed, unable to reach for the bells or to follow Lirael.
Garth Nix LIRAEL: DAUGHTER OF THE CLAYR (2001)
He said: "The action to follow will depend on what is in it.
Irish Times (2002)
He saw Linda Lupin crane her head to follow Roote's progress down the aisle.
Anthony Masters CASCADES - THE DAY OF THE DEAD (2001)
Malone went into the interview room, motioning Gail Lee to follow him.
Jon Cleary YESTERDAY'S SHADOW (2002)
Meanwhile, those looking to follow an index can buy shares in exchange traded funds (ETF) through a self-select Isa.
Glasgow Herald (2001)
Mr Goodman's comments follow a report yesterday of a written ruling delivered on Tuesday by the Master of the High Court, Mr Edmund Honohan.
Irish Times (2002)
Retrace your steps to the junction with the yellow path and follow through conifers to the waterfall.
Glasgow Herald (2001)

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