Baby ducks follow their mother.
- Follow is defined as to pursue or come after in sequence or direction.
- An example of to follow is a policeman chasing after a potential criminal.
- An example of to follow is a child to enter her school room right after her best friend.
- To follow is defined as to add someone to the list of people whose posts you see on Twitter.
An example of to follow is to click on the “follow” button by someone’s name on Twitter.
- to come or go after
- to go after in order to catch; chase; pursue
- to go along: follow the right road
- to come or occur after in time, in a series, etc.
- to provide with something that comes after: to follow praise with blame
- to take the place of in rank, position, etc.: Monroe followed Madison as president
- to take up; engage in: to follow a trade
- to come or happen as a result of: disease often follows malnutrition
- to take as a model; act in accordance with; imitate
- to accept the authority of; obey: to follow rules
- to support or advocate the ideas, opinions, etc. of
- to watch or listen to closely; observe: to follow a conversation intently
- to be interested in or attentive to current developments in: to follow local politics
- to understand the continuity or logic of: do you follow me?
Origin of followMiddle English folwen from Old English folgian, akin to German folgen and (?) Welsh olafiad, follower
- to come, go, or happen after or next after some thing or person in place, sequence, or time
- to occur as a natural or logical consequence; result
- the act of following
- Billiards a shot that imparts a forward spin to the cue ball so that it continues rolling in the same direction after striking the object ballalso follow shot
- to continue and complete a stroke or swing after hitting or releasing the ball or puck
- to continue and complete an action
- to follow closely and persistently
- to carry out fully
- to add to the effectiveness of by doing something more
verbfol·lowed, fol·low·ing, fol·lows
- a. To come or go after; proceed behind: Follow the usher to your seat.b. To go after in pursuit: would follow his enemy to the ends of the earth.c. To keep under surveillance: The agent followed the suspect around town.
- a. To move along the course of; take: We followed the path.b. To move in the direction of; be guided by: followed the sun westward; followed the signs to the zoo.c. To lie in the same path as: The road follows the old trading route.d. To be parallel to: The road follows the river.
- To accept the guidance, command, or leadership of: follow a spiritual master; rebels who refused to follow their leader.
- To adhere to; practice: followed family traditions.
- To take as a model or precedent; imitate: followed my example and resigned.
- a. To act in agreement or compliance with; obey: follow the rules; follow one's instincts.b. To keep to or stick to: followed the recipe; follow a diet.
- To engage in (a trade or occupation); work at.
- To come after in order, time, or position: Night follows day.
- To bring something about at a later time than or as a consequence of: She followed her lecture with a question-and-answer period. The band followed its hit album with a tour.
- To occur or be evident as a consequence of: Your conclusion does not follow your premise.
- a. To watch or observe closely: followed the bird through binoculars.b. To be attentive to; pay close heed to: too sleepy to follow the sermon.c. To keep oneself informed of the course, progress, or fortunes of: follow the stock market; followed the local teams.
- To grasp the meaning or logic of; understand: Do you follow my argument?
- To come, move, or take place after another person or thing in order or time.
- To occur or be evident as a consequence; result: If you ignore your diet, trouble will follow.
- To grasp the meaning or reasoning of something; understand.
Origin of followMiddle English folowen from Old English folgian
Usage Note: As follows (not as follow ) is the established form of the idiom regardless of whether the noun that precedes it is singular or plural: The regulations are as follows.
(third-person singular simple present follows, present participle following, simple past and past participle followed)
- To go after; to pursue; to move behind in the same path or direction.
- Follow that car!
- To go or come after in a sequence.
- B follows A in the alphabet.
- We both ordered the soup, with roast beef to follow.
- To carry out (orders, instructions, etc.).
- Follow these instructions to the letter.
- To live one's life according to (religion, teachings, etc).
- To understand, to pay attention to.
- Do you follow me?
- To watch, to keep track of (reports of) some event or person.
- I followed the incumbent throughout the election.
- To be a logical consequence of.
- It follows that if two numbers are not equal then one is larger than the other.
- To walk in, as a road or course; to attend upon closely, as a profession or calling.