follow-up

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noun

fol·​low-up ˈfä-lō-ˌəp How to pronounce follow-up (audio)
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a
: the act or an instance of following up
b
: something that follows up
2
: maintenance of contact with or reexamination of a person (such as a patient) especially following treatment
The surgeon scheduled a follow-up with his patient a week after the surgery.
3
: a news story presenting new information on a story published earlier
A few days after the story broke, the newspaper printed a follow-up.

follow-up

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adjective

1
: of, relating to, or being something that follows up
follow-up action by the policeFrank Faulkner
had a few follow-up questions after the interview
2
: done, conducted, or administered in the course of following up persons
follow-up care for discharged hospital patients

follow up

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verb

followed up; following up; follows up

transitive verb

1
: to follow with something similar, related, or supplementary
following up his convictions with actionG. P. Merrill
She followed up her first novel with a second one.
2
: to maintain contact with (a person) so as to monitor the effects of earlier activities or treatments
All patients were followed up clinically for four months.
3
: to pursue in an effort to take further action
the police are following up leads

intransitive verb

: to take appropriate action
follow up on complaints

Examples of follow-up in a Sentence

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Noun
The first order of business for Perry is getting into the studio and cutting a follow-up to Traces and his 2021 Christmas record The Season for his new label. Andy Greene, Rolling Stone, 16 May 2024 The university says the following day, the 1,500 applicants were sent a follow-up communication explaining the error. Jonathan Franklin, NPR, 16 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for follow-up 

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Word History

First Known Use

Noun

1904, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Adjective

1897, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1637, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of follow-up was in 1637

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Cite this Entry

“Follow-up.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/follow-up. Accessed 22 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

follow-up

1 of 2 noun
fol·​low-up
ˈfäl-ə-ˌwəp
1
: the act or an instance of following up
therapy as a follow-up to surgery
2
: something that follows up
follow-up adjective

follow up

2 of 2 verb
ˌfäl-ə-ˈwəp
1
: to follow with something similar, related, or additional
follow up an idea with action
2
: to seek more details about
the police are following up leads

Medical Definition

follow-up

1 of 2 noun
: maintenance of contact with a patient at one or more designated intervals following diagnosis or treatment especially to examine again or monitor the progress of therapy
also : an instance of such contact
At three-month and six-month follow-ups, he had only mild, residual facial swelling on the lower left side. Meredith August et al., The New England Journal of Medicine
follow-up adjective
a follow-up visit
follow-up care
When ovarian cancer is found, better follow-up procedures and more aggressive chemotherapy are prolonging remissions, even in women with advanced disease. Mayo Clinic Health Letter

follow up

2 of 2 transitive verb
: to maintain contact with (a patient) at one or more designated intervals following diagnosis or treatment especially to examine again or monitor the progress of therapy
patients who are followed up after their discharge
She was discharged on postoperative day 4 and was followed up in the surgery clinic 19 days postoperatively.Steven L. Bloom et al., The New England Journal of Medicine

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