1 to travel behind, go after, come after; "The ducklings followed their mother around the pond"; "Please follow the guide through the museum" [ant: precede]
3 come as a logical consequence; follow logically; "It follows that your assertion is false"; "the theorem falls out nicely" [syn: fall out]
4 travel along a certain course; "follow the road"; "follow the trail" [syn: travel along]
5 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" [syn: comply, abide by]
6 come after in time, as a result; "A terrible tsunami followed the earthquake" [syn: come after]
7 behave in accordance or in agreement with; "Follow a pattern"; "Follow my example" [syn: conform to]
8 be next; "Mary plays best, with John and Sue following"
9 choose and follow; as of theories, ideas, policies, strategies or plans; "She followed the feminist movement"; "The candidate espouses Republican ideals" [syn: adopt, espouse]
10 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"
11 imitate in behavior; take as a model; "Teenagers follow their friends in everything" [syn: take after]
12 follow, discover, or ascertain the course of development of something; "We must follow closely the economic development is Cuba" ; "trace the student's progress" [syn: trace]
13 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" [syn: watch, observe, watch over, keep an eye on]
14 be the successor (of); "Carter followed Ford"; "Will Charles succeed to the throne?" [syn: succeed, come after] [ant: precede]
15 perform an accompaniment to; "The orchestra could barely follow the frequent pitch changes of the soprano" [syn: play along, accompany]
17 to be the product or result; "Melons come from a vine"; "Understanding comes from experience" [syn: come]
18 accept and follow the leadership or command or guidance of; "Let's follow our great helmsman!"; "She followed a guru for years"
19 adhere to or practice; "These people still follow the laws of their ancient religion"
20 work in a specific place, with a specific subject, or in a specific function; "He is a herpetologist"; "She is our resident philosopher" [syn: be]
21 keep under surveillance; "The police had been following him for weeks but they could not prove his involvement in the bombing" [syn: surveil, survey]
22 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" [syn: pursue]
23 grasp the meaning; "Can you follow her argument?"; "When he lectures, I cannot follow"
EtymologyOld English folġian
- To go or come after in physical space.
- Follow that car!
- To go or come after in a sequence.
- B follows A in the alphabet.
- To carry out in accordance to (orders,
- Follow these instructions to the letter.
- To live one's live according to (religion, teachings, etc).
- To understand, to pay attention to.
- Do you follow me?
- To watch, to keep track of (reports of) some event or person.
- I followed the incumbent throughout the election.
- To be a logical consequence of.
- It follows that no real number may have a negative square.
to go or come after in physical space
- trreq Albanian
- Arabic: ,
- trreq Armenian
- CJKV Characters: 跟
- Chinese: 跟隨, 跟随 (gēnsuí)
- Czech: sledovat
- Danish: følge
- Dutch: volgen
- trreq Esperanto
- Finnish: seurata
- French: suivre
- Georgian: მიყოლა (miq‘ola), გაყოლა (gaq‘ola)
- German: folgen
- trreq Hebrew
- Hungarian: követ
- Ido: sequar
- Italian: seguire
- Japanese: ついて行く (ついていく, tsuite iku)
- Korean: 따르다 (ttareuda)
- Latin: sequi
- trreq Mongolian
- trreq Old English
- trreq Persian
- Portuguese: seguir
- Russian: следить (sledít’)
- Slovene: slediti
- Spanish: seguir
- Swedish: följa
- Telugu: వెంబడించు (veMbaDiMchu)
- Thai: (táyoi), (dtaam)
- trreq Turkish
to go or come after in a sequence
to carry out in accordance to
to live one’s life according to
- French: se plier à
- German: folgen
- Portuguese: seguir
- Swedish: följa
to be a logical consequence of
- Czech: plynout
- German: folgen
- Swedish: följa
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