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follow

verb

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1 to come after in time
  • a wrap-up always follows the Super Bowl broadcast

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2 to go after or on the track of
  • let's follow the boys to their hiding place

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4 to make one's way through, across, or over
  • followed the path into the garden

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5 to take notice of and be guided by
  • don't follow his advice

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6 to keep one's eyes on
  • stood on the platform and followed the departing train until it disappeared from sight

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Frequently Asked Questions About follow

How is the word follow different from other verbs like it?

Some common synonyms of follow are ensue, succeed, and supervene. While all these words mean "to come after something or someone," follow may apply to a coming after in time, position, or logical sequence.

speeches followed the dinner

When is it sensible to use ensue instead of follow?

While the synonyms ensue and follow are close in meaning, ensue commonly suggests a logical consequence or naturally expected development.

after the talk a general discussion ensued

When is succeed a more appropriate choice than follow?

Although the words succeed and follow have much in common, succeed implies a coming after immediately in a sequence determined by natural order, inheritance, election, or laws of rank.

she succeeded her father as head of the business

When can supervene be used instead of follow?

The words supervene and follow can be used in similar contexts, but supervene suggests the following or beginning of something unforeseen or unpredictable.

unable to continue because of supervening circumstances

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The first known use of follow was before the 12th century

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“Follow.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/follow. Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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