[[t]ˈfɒl oʊ[/t]] v. t.
1) to come after in sequence, order of time, etc.; succeed:
The speech follows the dinner[/ex]
2) to go or come after; move behind in the same direction:
Drive ahead, and I'll follow you[/ex]
3) to accept as a guide or leader; accept the authority of
4) to conform to, comply with, or act in accordance with; obey:
to follow orders; to follow advice[/ex]
5) to imitate or copy:
to follow the latest fads[/ex]
6) to move forward along (a road, path, etc.)
7) to come after as a result or consequence; result from:
Higher prices usually follow wage increases[/ex]
8) to go after or along with (a person) as companion
9) to go in pursuit of:
to follow an enemy[/ex]
10) to try for or attain to:
to follow an ideal[/ex]
11) to engage in or be concerned with as a pursuit:
to follow the sea as one's true calling[/ex]
12) to watch the movements, progress, or course of:
to follow a bird in flight[/ex]
13) to watch the development of or keep up with:
to follow the news[/ex]
14) to keep up with and understand (an argument, story, etc.):
Do you follow me?[/ex]
15) to come next after something else in sequence, order of time, etc
16) to happen or occur after something else; come next as an event
17) to result as an effect; occur as a consequence:
It follows then that they must be innocent[/ex]
18) phv follow out, to carry to a conclusion; execute
19) phv follow through
a) to carry out fully, as a stroke of a club in golf, a racket in tennis, etc
b) to continue an effort, plan, proposal, policy, etc., to its completion
20) phv follow up
a) to pursue closely and tenaciously
b) to increase the effectiveness of by further action or repetition
c) to pursue to a solution or conclusion
21) the act of following
22) gam spo Billiards, Pool.
follow shot 2)
Etymology: bef. 900; ME folwen, OE folgian; c. OS folgon, OHG folgēn, folgōn fol′low•a•ble, adj. syn: follow, ensue, result, succeed imply coming after something else, in a natural sequence. follow is the general word: We must wait to see what follows. A detailed account follows. ensue implies a logical sequence, what might be expected normally to come after a given act, cause, etc.: When the power lines were cut, a paralysis of transportation ensued. result emphasizes the connection between a cause or event and its effect, consequence, or outcome: The accident resulted in injuries to those involved. succeed implies coming after in time, particularly coming into a title, office, etc.: Formerly the oldest son succeeded to his father's title.

From formal English to slang. 2014.

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