follow-up

noun
fol·​low-up | \ ˈfä-lō-ˌəp \

Definition of follow-up

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a : 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

adjective

Definition of follow-up (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : 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
2 : done, conducted, or administered in the course of following up persons follow-up care for discharged hospital patients

follow up

verb

Definition of follow up (Entry 3 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : 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.
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

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The 1970 Orioles followed up their dream season with another pennant. Jared Diamond, WSJ, "Boston Red Sox: Greatest Season of All Time?," 29 Oct. 2018 Then Denis Cheryshev and Artyom Dzyuba scored in quick succession to leave Russia on course for a victory that followed up a 5-0 opening-night win over Saudi Arabia. Steve Douglas, BostonGlobe.com, "Russia on brink of advancing at World Cup after second win," 19 June 2018 Fishers' second two-out rally unfolded in the top of the second as an error put Nick Lukac on base and Ben Burton followed up a Jack Roudebush double with an RBI-single. Rich Torress, Indianapolis Star, "IHSAA baseball: Fishers outlasts Carroll in extras for first regional title," 2 June 2018 But the hearing, which followed an odd format in which Zuckerberg reserved his answers until all of the members' questions had been asked, devolved into chaos, as Zuckerberg sped through his responses and promised to follow up later with details. Issie Lapowsky, WIRED, "Zuckerberg Ducks Pointed Questions From the EU Parliament," 22 May 2018 The employees recorded the man's license plate number and gave it to police, who are following up. Jeff Piorkowski/special To Cleveland.com, cleveland.com, "Caller tells teacher he has her husband hostage: Lyndhurst police blotter," 1 May 2018 The aftermath of Thor: The Dark World caused a number of groans to be elicited from some circles when the plot element of the Infinity Stones was followed up with in Guardians of the Galaxy, Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015), and Doctor Strange (2016). Richard Newby, The Hollywood Reporter, "How 'Avengers: Infinity War' Transcends Its Comic Book Origins," 28 Apr. 2018 Luca Guadagnino followed up last year’s critically lauded Call Me by Your Name with a remake — of sorts — of Dario Argento’s 1977 cult horror film Suspiria, one of the most visually wild horror films ever made. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "The 21 best movies of 2018," 14 Dec. 2018 The company bought short movie-making app Flipagram last year and rebranded it as Vigo Video, then followed up by acquiring Musical.ly to merge with its similar service Douyin. Sam Byford, The Verge, "How China’s Bytedance became the world’s most valuable startup," 30 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of follow-up

Noun

1916, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Adjective

1912, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1767, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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follow-up

noun

English Language Learners Definition of follow-up

: something that continues or completes a process or activity

follow-up

noun
fol·​low-up | \ ˈfäl-ə-ˌwəp, ˌfäl- \

Medical Definition of follow-up

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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, 29 Dec. 2005

Other Words from follow-up

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, January 1992

follow up

transitive verb
\ ˌfäl-ə-ˈwəp \

Medical Definition of follow up (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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, 21 Oct. 2010

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