follow meaning

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follow verb
1. (travel) to travel behind, go after, come after
Antonyms: precede
  • "The ducklings followed their mother around the pond"
  • "Please follow the guide through the museum"
2. (result) come as a logical consequence; follow logically
Related: fall_out
  • "It follows that your assertion is false"
  • "the theorem falls out nicely"
3. (travel) travel along a certain course
Related: travel_along
  • "follow the road"
  • "follow the trail"
4. (result) come after in time, as a result
Related: come_after
  • "A terrible tsunami followed the earthquake"
5. (imitate) behave in accordance or in agreement with
Related: conform_to
  • "Follow a pattern"
  • "Follow my example"
6. (be) be next
  • "Mary plays best, with John and Sue following"
7. 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"
8. (act) accept and follow the leadership or command or guidance of
  • "Let's follow our great helmsman!"
  • "She followed a guru for years"
9. (practice) adhere to or practice
  • "These people still follow the laws of their ancient religion"
10. (understand) grasp the meaning
  • "Can you follow her argument?"
  • "When he lectures, I cannot follow"
be verb
1. work in a specific place, with a specific subject, or in a specific function
Related: follow
  • "He is a herpetologist"
  • "She is our resident philosopher"
come verb
1. (originate) to be the product or result
Related: follow
  • "Melons come from a vine"
  • "Understanding comes from experience"
watch verb
1. (check) follow with the eyes or the mind
Related: observe, follow, watch_over, keep_an_eye_on
  • "Keep an eye on the baby, please!"
  • "The world is watching Sarajevo"
  • "She followed the men with the binoculars"
succeed verb
1. be the successor (of)
Related: come_after, follow
Antonyms: precede
  • "Carter followed Ford"
  • "Will Charles succeed to the throne?"
trace verb
1. (analyze) follow, discover, or ascertain the course of development of something
Related: follow
  • "We must follow closely the economic development is Cuba"
  • "trace the student's progress"
  • "trace one's ancestry"
adopt verb
1. (choose) choose and follow; as of theories, ideas, policies, strategies or plans
Related: follow, espouse
  • "She followed the feminist movement"
  • "The candidate espouses Republican ideals"
pursue verb
1. (travel) follow in or as if in pursuit
Related: follow
  • "The police car pursued the suspected attacker"
  • "Her bad deed followed her and haunted her dreams all her life"
comply verb
1. (obey) act in accordance with someone's rules, commands, or wishes
Related: follow, abide_by
  • "He complied with my instructions"
  • "You must comply or else!"
  • "Follow these simple rules"
  • "abide by the rules"
postdate verb
1. be later in time
Related: follow
Antonyms: predate
  • "Tuesday always follows Monday"
take_after verb
1. (imitate) imitate in behavior; take as a model
Related: follow
  • "Teenagers follow their friends in everything"
play_along verb
1. (play) perform an accompaniment to
Related: accompany, follow
  • "The orchestra could barely follow the frequent pitch changes of the soprano"
keep_up verb
1. keep informed
Related: keep_abreast, follow
  • "He kept up on his country's foreign policies"
surveil verb
1. keep under surveillance
Related: follow, survey
  • "The police had been following him for weeks but they could not prove his involvement in the bombing"
stick_to verb
1. (persevere) keep to
Related: stick_with, follow
  • "Stick to your principles"
  • "stick to the diet"
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