Synonyms of follow
1 accompanyDictionary • Please follow me, madam.
accompany • This volume of essays was designed to accompany an exhibition.
attend • horse-drawn coaches attended by liveried footmen
escort • I escorted him to the door.
tag along behind
bring up the rear
come or go with
tread on the heels of
2 pursueDictionary • I think we're being followed.
pursue • She pursued the man who had stolen her bag.
track • He thought he had better track this creature and kill it.
dog • The three creatures had dogged him from hut to hut.
hunt • Her irate husband was hunting her lover with a gun.
chase • She chased the thief for 100 yards.
shadow • shadowed by a large and highly visible body of police
tail (informal) • Officers had tailed the gang in an undercover inquiry.
trail • Two detectives were trailing him.
stalk • He stalks his victims like a hunter after a deer.
, escape from
3 come after • the rioting and looting that followed the verdict
4 resultDictionary • If the explanation is right, two things will follow.
result • Many hair problems result from what you eat.
issue • A tinny voice issued from a speaker.
develop • a problem which developed from a leg injury
spring • The art springs from the country's Muslim heritage.
flow • Undesirable consequences flow from these misconceptions.
proceed • Does Othello's downfall proceed from a flaw in his character?
arise • if a problem arises later in pregnancy
ensue • A brief but violent scuffle ensued.
emanate • The aroma of burning wood emanated from the stove.
5 obeyDictionary • Take care to follow the instructions.
obey • Most people obey the law.
observe • Forcing motorists to observe speed restrictions is difficult.
adhere to • All members adhere to a strict code of practice.
mind • You mind what I say now!
watch • The man was standing in the doorway watching him.
heed • Few at the conference in London last week heeded his warning.
pay attention to
be guided by
toe the line
act according to
act in accordance with
give allegiance to
, give up
6 copyDictionary • He did not follow his example in taking drugs.
copy • We all tend to copy people we admire.
imitate • a precedent which may be imitated by other activists
emulate • Sons are traditionally expected to emulate their fathers.
adopt • Pupils should be helped to adopt a positive approach.
live up to
take a leaf out of someone's book
take as an example
pattern yourself upon
7 succeedDictionary • He followed his father and became a surgeon.
succeed • He succeeded Trajan as emperor in AD 117.
replace • the man who deposed and replaced him
take over from
supersede • Madness follows, and the birth of a son who will supersede him.
supplant • He may be supplanted by a younger man.
take the place of • He eventually took Charlie's place in the band.
step into the shoes of
8 understandDictionary • Can you follow the plot so far?
understand • I think you understand my meaning.
get • You don't seem to get the point.
see • Oh, I see what you're saying.
catch • Sorry, I didn't quite catch what you said.
realize • As soon as we realized what was going on, we moved the children away.
appreciate • She never really appreciated the depth of the conflict.
grasp • The Government has not yet grasped the seriousness of the crisis.
catch on (informal) • He tried to explain it to me, but it took me a while to catch on.
keep up with
comprehend • I just cannot comprehend your attitude.
fathom • I couldn't fathom what he was talking about.
get the hang of (informal)
get the picture • I think I'm beginning to get the picture.
PHRASAL VERBS:▷ follow something through
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accompanyIf one thing accompanies another, it happens or exists at the same time, or as a result of it.
• This volume of essays was designed to accompany an exhibition.
go together with,
go cheek by jowl with
go together with,
go cheek by jowl with
• All members adhere to a strict code of practice.
adoptIf you adopt a new attitude, plan, or way of behaving, you begin to have it.
• Pupils should be helped to adopt a positive approach.
Thesaurus for follow from the Collins English Thesaurus
to go or come after in the same direction