follow ( follows 3rd person present) ( following present participle) ( followed past tense & past participle )
1 verb If you follow someone who is going somewhere, you move along behind them because you want to go to the same place.
We followed him up the steps into a large hall... V n prep/adv
Please follow me, madam... V n
They took him into a small room and I followed. V, Also V after n
2 verb If you follow someone who is going somewhere, you move along behind them without their knowledge, in order to catch them or find out where they are going.
She realized that the Mercedes was following her... V n
I think we're being followed. V n
3 verb If you follow someone to a place where they have recently gone and where they are now, you go to join them there.
He followed Janice to New York, where she was preparing an exhibition. V n to n
4 verb An event, activity, or period of time that follows a particular thing happens or comes after that thing, at a later time.
...the rioting and looting that followed the verdict... V n
Other problems may follow... V
Eyewitnesses spoke of a noise followed by a huge red light. V-ed
5 verb If you follow one thing with another, you do or say the second thing after you have done or said the first thing.
Her first major role was in Martin Scorsese's `Goodfellas' and she followed this with a part in Spike Lee's `Jungle Fever'. V n with n
Follow up means the same as follow., phrasal verb
The book proved such a success that the authors followed it up with `The Messianic Legacy'. V n P with n, Also V P n (not pron) with n
6 verb If it follows that a particular thing is the case, that thing is a logical result of something else being true or being the case.
Just because a bird does not breed one year, it does not follow that it will fail the next... it V that
If the explanation is right, two things follow... V
It is easy to see the conclusions described in the text follow from this equation. V from n
7 verb If you refer to the words that follow or followed, you are referring to the words that come next or came next in a piece of writing or speech.
What follows is an eye-witness account... V
There followed a list of places where Hans intended to visit... there V n
General analysis is followed by five case studies. be V-ed by n
8 verb If you follow a path, route, or set of signs, you go somewhere using the path, route, or signs to direct you.
If they followed the road, they would be certain to reach a village... V n
I followed the signs to Metrocity. V n prep/adv
9 verb If something such as a path or river follows a particular route or line, it goes along that route or line.
Our route follows the Pacific coast through densely populated neighbourhoods... V n
10 verb If you follow something with your eyes, or if your eyes follow it, you watch it as it moves or you look along its route or course.
Ann's eyes followed a police car as it drove slowly past. V n
11 verb Something that follows a particular course of development happens or develops in that way.
His release turned out to follow the pattern set by that of the other six hostages. V n
12 verb If you follow advice, an instruction, or a recipe, you act or do something in the way that it indicates.
Take care to follow the instructions carefully... V n
13 verb If you follow what someone else has done, you do it too because you think it is a good thing or because you want to copy them.
His admiration for the athlete did not extend to the point where he would follow his example in taking drugs... V n
Where eastern Germany goes the rest will surely follow. V
14 verb If you follow someone in what you do, you do the same thing or job as they did previously.
He followed his father and became a surgeon... V n
Anni-Frid's son has followed her into the music business. V n into n
15 verb If you are able to follow something such as an explanation or the story of a film, you understand it as it continues and develops.
Can you follow the plot so far?... V n
I'm afraid I don't follow. V
16 verb If you follow something, you take an interest in it and keep informed about what happens.
...the millions of people who follow football because they genuinely love it... V n
She was following Laura's progress closely. V n
17 verb If you follow a particular religion or political belief, you have that religion or belief.
`Do you follow any particular religion?'—`Yes, we're all Hindus.' V n
19 You use as follows in writing or speech to introduce something such as a list, description, or explanation.
as follows phrase v-link PHR, PHR after v
The winners are as follows: E. Walker; R. Foster; R. Gates; A. Mackintosh..., This can be done if you proceed as follows.
20 You use followed by to say what comes after something else in a list or ordered set of things.
followed by phrase PHR n
Potatoes are still the most popular food, followed by white bread.
21 After mentioning one course of a meal, you can mention the next course by saying what you will have to follow or what there will be to follow.
to follow phrase n PHR
He decided on roast chicken and vegetables, with apple pie to follow.
to follow in someone's footsteps →
to follow your nose →
to follow suit →
suit follow through phrasal verb If you follow through an action, plan, or idea or follow throughwith it, you continue doing or thinking about it until you have done everything possible.
(=pursue) The leadership has been unwilling to follow through the implications of these ideas... V P n (not pron) I was trained to be an actress but I didn't follow it through... V n P He decided to follow through with his original plan. V P with n/-ing, Also V P, V P on n follow up phrasal verb If you follow up something that has been said, suggested, or discovered, you try to find out more about it or take action about it.
(=investigate) State security police are following up several leads... V P n (not pron) An officer took a statement from me, but no one's bothered to follow it up. V n P →
follow 5 →
A follow-on is something that is done to continue or add to something done previously. n-sing also no det, usu N to n
This course for bridge players with some experience is intended as a follow-on to the Beginners' course.
follow-through ( follow-throughs plural )
1 n-uncount A follow-through is something that completes an action or a planned series of actions.
also a N, oft N prep
...the task of finding a durable solution to the refugee problem as a follow-through to the very temporary measures.
2 n-var A follow-through is a movement that completes an action such as hitting a ball.
Focus on making a short, firm follow-through.
follow-up ( follow-ups plural ) A follow-up is something that is done to continue or add to something done previously. n-var oft N n
They are recording a follow-up to their successful 1989 album..., One man was arrested during the raid and another during a follow-up operation.