follow


follow
follow [fäl′ō]
vt.
[ME folwen < OE folgian, akin to Ger folgen & (?) Welsh olafiad, follower]
1. to come or go after
2. to go after in order to catch; chase; pursue
3. to go along [follow the right road]
4. to come or occur after in time, in a series, etc.
5. to provide with something that comes after [to follow praise with blame]
6. to take the place of in rank, position, etc. [Monroe followed Madison as president]
7. to take up; engage in [to follow a trade]
8. to come or happen as a result of [disease often follows malnutrition]
9. to take as a model; act in accordance with; imitate
10. to accept the authority of; obey [to follow rules]
11. to support or advocate the ideas, opinions, etc. of
12. to watch or listen to closely; observe [to follow a conversation intently]
13. to be interested in or attentive to current developments in [to follow local politics]
14. to understand the continuity or logic of [do you follow me?]
vi.
1. to come, go, or happen after or next after some thing or person in place, sequence, or time
2. to occur as a natural or logical consequence; result
n.
1. the act of following
2. Billiards a shot that imparts a forward spin to the cue ball so that it continues rolling in the same direction after striking the object ball: also follow shot
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as follows
as will next be told or explained
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follow out
to carry out fully or completely
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follow through
1. to continue and complete a stroke or swing after hitting or releasing the ball or puck
2. to continue and complete an action
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follow up
1. to follow closely and persistently
2. to carry out fully
3. to add to the effectiveness of by doing something more
SYN.- FOLLOW is the general word meaning to come or occur after, but it does not necessarily imply a causal relationship with what goes before [sunshine followed by rain ]; ENSUE implies that what follows comes as a logical consequence of what preceded [clouds appeared and rain ensued]; SUCCEED implies that what follows takes the place of what preceded [who succeeded Polk to the presidency? ]; RESULT stresses a definite relationship of cause and effect between what follows and what preceded [superstition results from ignorance ] -ANT. PRECEDE

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