: something that follows up
: 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.
: a news story presenting new information on a story published earlier
A few days after the story broke, the newspaper printed a follow-up.
: of, relating to, or being something that follows up
follow-up action by the police Frank Faulkner had a few follow-up questions after the interview
: done, conducted, or administered in the course of following up persons
follow-up care for discharged hospital patients
: to follow with something similar, related, or supplementary
following up his convictions with action G. P. Merrill She followed up her first novel with a second one.
: 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.
: to pursue in an effort to take further action
the police are following up leads
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