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?

Definitions of follow
  1. verb
    travel behind, go after, come after
    “The ducklings followed their mother around the pond”
    “Please follow the guide through the museum”
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    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
    lag or linger behind
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    go, locomote, move, travel
    change location; move, travel, or proceed, also metaphorically
  2. verb
    travel along a certain course
    follow the road”
    follow the trail”
    synonyms: travel along
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    heel
    follow at the heels of a person
    ascend
    go along towards (a river's) source
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    go, locomote, move, travel
    change location; move, travel, or proceed, also metaphorically
  3. verb
    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
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    go, locomote, move, travel
    change location; move, travel, or proceed, also metaphorically
  4. verb
    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
    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
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    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
  5. verb
    grasp the meaning
    “Can you follow her argument?”
    “When he lectures, I cannot follow
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    understand
    know and comprehend the nature or meaning of
  6. verb
    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
  7. verb
    behave in accordance or in agreement with
    Follow a pattern”
    Follow my example”
    synonyms: conform to
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    go by
    be or act in accordance with
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    copy, imitate, simulate
    reproduce someone's behavior or looks
  8. verb
    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
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    accommodate, oblige
    provide a service or favor for someone
    toe the line
    do what is expected
    conform to
    observe
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    obey
    be obedient to
  9. verb
    adhere to or practice
    “These people still follow the laws of their ancient religion”
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    apply, practice, use
    avail oneself to
  10. verb
    keep to
    synonyms: stick to, stick with
    abide by, comply
    act in accordance with someone's rules, commands, or wishes
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    hang in, hang on, hold on, persevere, persist
    be persistent, refuse to stop
  11. verb
    accept and follow the leadership or command or guidance of
    “Let's follow our great helmsman!”
    “She followed a guru for years”
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    act, behave, do
    behave in a certain manner; show a certain behavior; conduct or comport oneself
  12. verb
    imitate in behavior; take as a model
    “Teenagers follow their friends in everything”
    synonyms: take after
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    copy, imitate, simulate
    reproduce someone's behavior or looks
  13. verb
    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
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    adhere, stick
    be a devoted follower or supporter
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    choose, pick out, select, take
    pick out, select, or choose from a number of alternatives
  14. verb
    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
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    analyse, analyze, canvas, canvass, delve, examine, parse, study
    consider in detail and subject to an analysis in order to discover essential features or meaning
  15. verb
    keep informed
    synonyms: keep abreast, keep up
    trace
    follow, discover, or ascertain the course of development of something
  16. verb
    work in a specific place, with a specific subject, or in a specific function
    synonyms: be
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    vet
    work as a veterinarian
    cox
    act as the coxswain, in a boat race
  17. verb
    perform an accompaniment to
    “The orchestra could barely follow the frequent pitch changes of the soprano”
    synonyms: accompany, play along
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    play
    play on an instrument
  18. verb
    be later in time
    “Tuesday always follows Monday”
    synonyms: postdate
    come after
    come after in time, as a result
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    antecede, antedate, forego, forgo, precede, predate
    be earlier in time; go back further
  19. verb
    come after in time, as a result
    “A terrible tsunami followed the earthquake”
    synonyms: come after
    postdate
    be later in time
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    ensue, result
    issue or terminate (in a specified way, state, etc.); end
  20. 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”
  21. verb
    be the successor (of)
    “Carter followed Ford”
    synonyms: come after, succeed
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    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
  22. verb
    to be the product or result
    synonyms: come
    come
    exist or occur in a certain point in a series
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    arise, develop, grow, originate, rise, spring up, uprise
    come into existence; take on form or shape
  23. verb
    come as a logical consequence; follow logically
    “It follows that your assertion is false”
    synonyms: fall out
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    ensue, result
    issue or terminate (in a specified way, state, etc.); end
  24. verb
    be next
    “Mary plays best, with John and Sue following
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    come after
    come after in time, as a result
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    be
    occupy a certain position or area; be somewhere
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