Dictionary and Thesaurus

  Definition of Follow
  1. keep informed; "He kept up on his country''s foreign policies"
  2. behave in accordance or in agreement with; "Follow a pattern"; "Follow my example"
  3. keep to; "Stick to your principles"; "stick to the diet"
  4. grasp the meaning; "Can you follow her argument?"; "When he lectures, I cannot follow"
  5. follow, discover, or ascertain the course of development of something; "We must follow closely the economic development is Cuba" ; "trace the student''s progress"
  6. perform an accompaniment to; "The orchestra could barely follow the frequent pitch changes of the soprano"
  7. imitate in behavior; take as a model; "Teenagers follow their friends in everything"
  8. travel along a certain course; "follow the road"; "follow the trail"
  9. to travel behind, go after, come after; "The ducklings followed their mother around the pond"; "Please follow the guide through the museum"
  10. follow in or as if in pursuit; "The police car pursued the suspected attacker"; "Her bad deed followed her and haunted her dreams all her life"
  11. keep under surveillance; "The police had been following him for weeks but they could not prove his involvement in the bombing"
  12. choose and follow; as of theories, ideas, policies, strategies or plans; "She followed the feminist movement"; "The candidate espouses Republican ideals"
  13. be the successor (of); "Carter followed Ford"; "Will Charles succeed to the throne?"
  14. work in a specific place, with a specific subject, or in a specific function; "He is a herpetologist"; "She is our resident philosopher"
  15. follow with the eyes or the mind; "Keep an eye on the baby, please!"; "The world is watching Sarajevo"; "She followed the men with the binoculars"
  16. act in accordance with someone''s rules, commands, or wishes; "He complied with my instructions"; "You must comply or else!"; "Follow these simple rules"; "abide by the rules"
  17. adhere to or practice; "These people still follow the laws of their ancient religion"
  18. accept and follow the leadership or command or guidance of; "Let''s follow our great helmsman!"; "She followed a guru for years"
  19. to be the product or result; "Melons come from a vine"; "Understanding comes from experience"
  20. be later in time; "Tuesday always follows Monday"
  21. come as a logical consequence; follow logically; "It follows that your assertion is false"; "the theorem falls out nicely"
  22. come after in time, as a result; "A terrible tsunami followed the earthquake"
  23. be next; "Mary plays best, with John and Sue following"
  24. 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"
Similar Words: keep up, keep abreast, conform to, stick to, stick with, trace, play along, accompany, take after, travel along, pursue, surveil, survey, adopt, espouse, succeed, come after, be, watch, observe, watch over, keep an eye on, comply, abide by, come, postdate, fall out


Hyponyms: go by, heel, ascend, lag, dawdle, fall back, fall behind, tailgate, shadow, carry, stalk, chase, chase after, trail, tail, tag, give chase, dog, go after, track, haunt, adhere, stick, accede, enter, supplant, replace, supersede, supervene upon, vet, cox, keep tabs on, guard, invigilate, proctor, oblige, accommodate, toe the line, conform to


Grouped Verbs: trace, comply, abide by, watch, observe, watch over, keep an eye on, keep up, keep abreast, surveil, survey, pursue, stick to, stick with, adopt, espouse, come, come after, postdate


Derivational Morphology: accompanist, accompanyist, accompaniment, musical accompaniment, backup, support, follower, pursuit, chase, following, pursuer, chaser, adoption, acceptance, acceptation, espousal, followers, sequence, chronological sequence, succession, successiveness, chronological succession, successor, replacement, heir, perceiver, observer, beholder, observation, reflection, reflexion, notice, observance, watching, watch, vigil, complaisance, compliance, compliancy, obligingness, deference, conformity, conformation, abidance


Language Translations:
Danish: følge   Finnish: seurata  
French: suivre   German: folgen  
Ido: sequar   Italian: seguire  
Latin: sequi   Portuguese: seguir  
Slovene: slediti   Spanish: seguir  
Swedish: följa   Telugu: వెంబడించు  
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