follow

Do you know when orange is the new black? When pleats are in style? Then you must follow fashion — you observe it closely. Follow can also mean you trail along behind someone. You might follow your brother to school.

If you follow something, such as line of argument, that means you understand it. If you follow through on something, such as a diet, that means you stick to it. Follow can also describe a sequence of events. Your election as class president might follow a scandal involving your opponent. Follow can also mean something is a logical consequence of something else. It follows that having read these examples you now understand the various meanings of follow. You follow me?

Primary Meanings of follow

1.
v
travel behind, go after, come after
2.
v
behave in accordance or in agreement with
3.
v
choose and follow; as of theories, ideas, policies, strategies or plans
4.
v
be later in time
5.
v
to be the product or result
Full Definitions of follow
1

v travel behind, go after, come after

“The ducklings followed their mother around the pond”
“Please follow the guide through the museum”
Antonyms:
lead, precede
move ahead (of others) in time or space
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dawdle, fall back, fall behind, lag
hang (back) or fall (behind) in movement, progress, development, etc.
tailgate
follow at a dangerously close distance
shadow
follow, usually without the person's knowledge
carry
pursue a line of scent or be a bearer
drag, drop back, drop behind, get behind, hang back, trail
to lag or linger behind
Type of:
go, locomote, move, travel
change location; move, travel, or proceed, also metaphorically

v travel along a certain course

follow the road”
follow the trail”
Synonyms:
travel along
Types:
heel
follow at the heels of a person
ascend
go along towards (a river's) source
Type of:
go, locomote, move, travel
change location; move, travel, or proceed, also metaphorically

v follow in or as if in pursuit

“Her bad deed followed her and haunted her dreams all her life”
Synonyms:
pursue
surveil, survey
keep under surveillance
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stalk
go through (an area) in search of prey
chase, chase after, dog, give chase, go after, tag, tail, track, trail
go after with the intent to catch
haunt, stalk
follow stealthily or recur constantly and spontaneously to
tree
chase an animal up a tree
quest
search the trail of (game)
hound, hunt, trace
pursue or chase relentlessly
run down
pursue until captured
Type of:
go, locomote, move, travel
change location; move, travel, or proceed, also metaphorically

v follow with the eyes or the mind

“She followed the men with the binoculars”
Synonyms:
keep an eye on, observe, watch, watch over
trace
follow, discover, or ascertain the course of development of something
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keep tabs on
keep a record on or watch attentively
guard
to keep watch over
invigilate, proctor
watch over (students taking an exam, to prevent cheating)
patrol, police
maintain the security of by carrying out a patrol
keep guard, stand guard, stand sentinel, stand watch
watch over so as to protect
baby-sit, sit
work or act as a baby-sitter
baby-sit
take watchful responsibility for
Type of:
check, check into, check out, check over, check up on, go over, look into, suss out
examine so as to determine accuracy, quality, or condition

v grasp the meaning

“Can you follow her argument?”
“When he lectures, I cannot follow
Type of:
understand
know and comprehend the nature or meaning of

v keep under surveillance

“The police had been following him for weeks but they could not prove his involvement in the bombing”
Synonyms:
surveil, survey
pursue
follow in or as if in pursuit
2

v behave in accordance or in agreement with

Follow a pattern”
Follow my example”
Synonyms:
conform to
Types:
go by
be or act in accordance with
Type of:
copy, imitate, simulate
reproduce someone's behavior or looks

v act in accordance with someone's rules, commands, or wishes

Follow these simple rules”
Synonyms:
abide by, comply
stick to, stick with
keep to
adopt, espouse
choose and follow; as of theories, ideas, policies, strategies or plans
Types:
accommodate, oblige
provide a service or favor for someone
toe the line
do what is expected
conform to
observe
Type of:
obey
be obedient to

v adhere to or practice

“These people still follow the laws of their ancient religion”
Type of:
apply, practice, use
avail oneself to

v keep to

Synonyms:
stick to, stick with
abide by, comply
act in accordance with someone's rules, commands, or wishes
Type of:
hang in, hang on, hold on, persevere, persist
be persistent, refuse to stop

v accept and follow the leadership or command or guidance of

“Let's follow our great helmsman!”
“She followed a guru for years”
Type of:
act, behave, do
behave in a certain manner; show a certain behavior; conduct or comport oneself

v imitate in behavior; take as a model

“Teenagers follow their friends in everything”
Synonyms:
take after
Type of:
copy, imitate, simulate
reproduce someone's behavior or looks
3

v choose and follow; as of theories, ideas, policies, strategies or plans

“She followed the feminist movement”
Synonyms:
adopt, espouse
abide by, comply
act in accordance with someone's rules, commands, or wishes
Types:
adhere, stick
be a devoted follower or supporter
Type of:
choose, pick out, select, take
pick out, select, or choose from a number of alternatives

v follow, discover, or ascertain the course of development of something

“We must follow closely the economic development is Cuba”
Synonyms:
trace
keep abreast, keep up
keep informed
keep an eye on, observe, watch, watch over
follow with the eyes or the mind
Type of:
analyse, analyze, canvas, canvass, examine, study
consider in detail and subject to an analysis in order to discover essential features or meaning

v keep informed

Synonyms:
keep abreast, keep up
trace
follow, discover, or ascertain the course of development of something

v work in a specific place, with a specific subject, or in a specific function

Synonyms:
be
Types:
vet
work as a veterinarian
cox
act as the coxswain, in a boat race

v perform an accompaniment to

“The orchestra could barely follow the frequent pitch changes of the soprano”
Synonyms:
accompany, play along
Type of:
play
play on an instrument
4

v be later in time

“Tuesday always follows Monday”
Synonyms:
postdate
come after
come after in time, as a result
Antonyms:
antecede, antedate, forego, forgo, precede, predate
be earlier in time; go back further

v come after in time, as a result

“A terrible tsunami followed the earthquake”
Synonyms:
come after
postdate
be later in time
Type of:
ensue, result
issue or terminate (in a specified way, state, etc.); end

v 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”

v be the successor (of)

“Carter followed Ford”
Synonyms:
come after, succeed
Antonyms:
come before, precede
be the predecessor of
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accede, enter
take on duties or office
replace, supercede, supersede, supervene upon, supplant
take the place or move into the position of
ascend
become king or queen
deputise, deputize, step in, substitute
act as a substitute
displace, preempt
take the place of or have precedence over
usurp
take the place of
oust
remove and replace
5

v to be the product or result

Synonyms:
come
come
exist or occur in a certain point in a series
Type of:
arise, develop, grow, originate, rise, spring up, uprise
come into existence; take on form or shape

v come as a logical consequence; follow logically

“It follows that your assertion is false”
Synonyms:
fall out
Type of:
ensue, result
issue or terminate (in a specified way, state, etc.); end

v be next

“Mary plays best, with John and Sue following
Synonyms:
come after
come after in time, as a result
Type of:
be
occupy a certain position or area; be somewhere

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