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

Examples of follow-up in a Sentence

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So, when a friend suggested Trump lawyer Michael Cohen, Jimenez took the call, and personally suggested following up, according to a letter Novartis sent to senators in June and publicly released Friday. Ike Swetlitz, STAT, "Novartis needed a consultant. Over dinner, the CEO’s friend called Trump’s lawyer," 13 July 2018 His mentor, Neenan, followed up with Situated, a work with his usual witty eye. Ellen Dunkel, Philly.com, "BalletX heats up the summer with 3 premieres and live music," 12 July 2018 Krasowski is following up in some impressive family footsteps. Tony Baranek, Daily Southtown, "The blue-and-gold standard: Volleyball standout Rachel Krasowski looking for junior achievement at Sandburg," 12 July 2018 The surgery followed up on Flair's life-threatening health scare last year, according to Pro Wrestling Sheet. Joe Marusak, charlotteobserver, "After an earlier life-saving operation, Ric Flair undergoes another surgery," 9 July 2018 Surprised to hear this, Grode followed up with a supervisor at the notary association, who thought the rejection was unfounded but advised her to submit a second renewal application in any case. Sandra Guy, Chicago Reader, "Politics Illinois notaries are having a tough go—getting their licenses notarized," 4 July 2018 The Lakers themselves, frankly, still have a few questions to answer, after following up the James coup by immediately coming to terms with the world’s foremost LeBron irritant: Lance Stephenson. Marc Stein, New York Times, "LeBron James to the Lakers: There’s Much to Unpack Here," 2 July 2018 Shortly after the meeting, Stephens followed up by sending U-M staff financial documents related to the fund, including the amounts expected to be contributed by other investors. David Jesse, Detroit Free Press, "How a down-and-out broker got University of Michigan to invest $95M," 22 June 2018 Onfroy followed up 17 with this year's chart-topping ? Joshua Rivera, GQ, "XXXTentacion Reportedly Killed by Unknown Shooter," 18 June 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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