Definition of follow
1 : to go, proceed, or come after <followed the guide>
2a : to engage in as a calling or way of life : pursue <wheat-growing is generally followed here>b : to walk or proceed along <follow a path>
3a : to be or act in accordance with <follow directions>b : to accept as authority : obey <followed his conscience>
4a : to pursue in an effort to overtake <Police followed the robbers attempting to escape.>b : to seek to attain <follow knowledge>
5 : to come into existence or take place as a result or consequence of <disaster followed the blunder>
6a : to come or take place after in time, sequence, or order <A juggling act followed the singer.>b : to cause to be followed <followed dinner with a liqueur>
7 : to copy after : imitate <the new building follows the facades and roof lines of the original buildings — Maxwell Mays>
8a : to watch steadily <followed the flight of the ball>b : to keep the mind on <follow a speech>c : to attend closely to : keep abreast of <followed his career with interest>d : to understand the sense or logic of (as a line of thought) <I don't quite follow your thinking.>
follow one's nose
Examples of follow in a sentence
She followed us into the kitchen.
The dog followed the children home.
The exit is right this way. Just follow me.
The children went home and the dog followed behind.
If one sheep goes through the gate, the rest will follow.
The number 15 follows 14.
Her accident was followed by a long period of recovery.
First came the student speeches, and the presentation of awards followed.
Rioting followed the unjust verdict.
If you work hard, success will surely follow.
Origin and Etymology of follow
Middle English folwen, from Old English folgian; akin to Old High German folgēn to follow
First Known Use: before 12th century
Synonym Discussion of follow
synonyms see in addition chase
FOLLOW Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of follow for English Language Learners
: to go or come after or behind (someone or something)
: to go after or behind (someone) secretly and watch to find out what happens
: to come after (something) in time or place or as part of a series
FOLLOW Defined for Kids
Definition of follow for Students
1 : to go or come after or behind <The dog followed the children home.> <Dessert followed dinner.>
2 : to come after in time or place <Spring follows winter.>
3 : to go on the track of <Police followed a clue.>
4 : to go along or beside <Follow that path.>
5 : to be led or guided by : obey <Follow the instructions.>
6 : to result from <Panic followed the fire.>
7 : to work in or at something as a way of life <He followed the sea.>
8 : to watch or pay attention to <Just follow the bouncing ball.>
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