follow-up

noun
fol·​low-up | \ ˈfä-lō-ˌəp How to pronounce follow-up (audio) \

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
followed up; following up; follows up

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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Next, Kirkpatrick will follow up her findings to determine whether this happens to only one type of galaxies, or to all of them. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "'Cold quasar' discovery could signal galaxies' 'retirement party' phase," 12 June 2019 The House will follow up Tuesday with votes on whether to go to court to enforce its subpoenas against Atty. Jennifer Haberkorn, latimes.com, "Rep. Zoe Lofgren has been through two impeachments. She doesn’t want a third," 11 June 2019 Last week, the governor’s office followed up with a plan, Rebuild Illinois, which calls for $90 million in funding from video gambling but doesn’t specify how it would be raised. Jason Grotto, ProPublica, "Illinois Video Gambling Tax Hike Will Be Decided by Lawmakers With Financial Ties to the Industry," 10 June 2019 Paige, the league MVP, followed up with a seventh-place finish at D1 All-States (19:34) and fourth at the Frank Kelley Invitational (19:00). BostonGlobe.com, "2018-19 Girls' Cross-country All-Scholastics," 10 June 2019 Nine Mile was narrowed in the 1990s, west of Woodward; the city followed up in 2015 with narrowing the road east of Woodward and installing bike lanes on that side. Robert Allen, Detroit Free Press, "Autos vs. bikes: Watch for shrinking roads in metro Detroit," 10 June 2019 Smith eventually followed up on the situation, revealing Tisdale wound up paying a visit to his house to apologize for the incident. Rachel Desantis, PEOPLE.com, "Ashley Tisdale Calls Out Director Kevin Smith on Twitter for Scratching Her Car and Driving Away," 9 June 2019 Then Newsweek followed up, publishing interviews with Cosby accusers Tamara Green and Barbara Bowman. Longreads, "How the Cosby Story Finally Went Viral — And Why It Took So Long," 7 June 2019 Ramos followed up her comments by asking the panelists why the show has been able to crossover and find mainstream success. Chris Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter, "Michelle Visage on the "Magical" Future of 'RuPaul's Drag Race'," 7 June 2019

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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- How to pronounce follow-up (audio) \

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 How to pronounce follow up (audio) \

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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