Follow Definition

Define what is Follow?

1. follow (verb)

to travel behind, go after, come after.

  • The ducklings followed their mother around the pond.
  • Please follow the guide through the museum.
Antonyms: precede, lead (verb)

move ahead (of others) in time or space.

Hypernyms

go, locomote, move, travel verb
change location; move, travel, or proceed, also metaphorically.

Hyponyms

lag, fall back, fall behind, dawdle verb
hang (back) or fall (behind) in movement, progress, development, etc..

tailgate verb
follow at a dangerously close distance.

shadow verb
follow, usually without the person's knowledge.

carry verb
pursue a line of scent or be a bearer.

2. postdate, follow (verb)

be later in time.

  • Tuesday always follows Monday.
Synonyms: postdate
Antonyms: antecede, antedate, forego, precede, predate, forgo (verb)

be earlier in time; go back further.

3. fall out, follow (verb)

come as a logical consequence; follow logically.

  • It follows that your assertion is false.
  • the theorem falls out nicely.
Synonyms: fall out
Hypernyms

ensue, result verb
issue or terminate (in a specified way, state, etc.); end.

4. travel along, follow (verb)

travel along a certain course.

  • follow the road.
  • follow the trail.
Synonyms: travel along
Hypernyms

go, locomote, move, travel verb
change location; move, travel, or proceed, also metaphorically.

Hyponyms

heel verb
follow at the heels of a person.

ascend verb
go along towards (a river's) source.

5. abide by, comply, follow (verb)

act in accordance with someone's rules, commands, or wishes.

  • He complied with my instructions.
  • You must comply or else!.
  • Follow these simple rules.
  • abide by the rules.
Synonyms: abide by, comply
Hypernyms

obey verb
be obedient to.

Hyponyms

oblige, accommodate verb
provide a service or favor for someone.

toe the line verb
do what is expected.

conform to verb
observe.

6. come after, follow (verb)

come after in time, as a result.

  • A terrible tsunami followed the earthquake.
Synonyms: come after
Hypernyms

ensue, result verb
issue or terminate (in a specified way, state, etc.); end.

7. conform to, follow (verb)

behave in accordance or in agreement with.

  • Follow a pattern.
  • Follow my example.
Synonyms: conform to
Hypernyms

imitate, simulate, copy verb
reproduce someone's behavior or looks.

Hyponyms

go by verb
be or act in accordance with.

8. follow (verb)

be next.

  • Mary plays best, with John and Sue following.
Hypernyms

Be verb
occupy a certain position or area; be somewhere.

9. adopt, espouse, follow (verb)

choose and follow; as of theories, ideas, policies, strategies or plans.

  • She followed the feminist movement.
  • The candidate espouses Republican ideals.
Synonyms: adopt, espouse
Hypernyms

choose, pick out, select, take verb
pick out, select, or choose from a number of alternatives.

Hyponyms

adhere, stick verb
be a devoted follower or supporter.

10. follow (verb)

to bring something about at a later time than.

  • She followed dinner with a brandy.
  • He followed his lecture with a question and answer period.

11. take after, follow (verb)

imitate in behavior; take as a model.

  • Teenagers follow their friends in everything.
Synonyms: take after
Hypernyms

imitate, simulate, copy verb
reproduce someone's behavior or looks.

12. trace, follow (verb)

follow, discover, or ascertain the course of development of something.

  • We must follow closely the economic development is Cuba.
  • trace the student's progress.
Synonyms: trace
Hypernyms

analyse, analyze, examine, study, canvass, canvas verb
consider in detail and subject to an analysis in order to discover essential features or meaning.

13. keep an eye on, watch over, watch, observe, follow (verb)

follow with the eyes or the mind.

  • Keep an eye on the baby, please!.
  • The world is watching Sarajevo.
  • She followed the men with the binoculars.
Hypernyms

check, check into, check out, check over, check up on, suss out, look into, go over verb
examine so as to determine accuracy, quality, or condition.

Hyponyms

keep tabs on verb
keep a record on or watch attentively.

guard verb
to keep watch over.

invigilate, proctor verb
watch over (students taking an exam, to prevent cheating).

14. come after, succeed, follow (verb)

be the successor (of).

  • Carter followed Ford.
  • Will Charles succeed to the throne?.
Synonyms: come after, succeed
Antonyms: come before, precede (verb)

be the predecessor of.

Hyponyms

accede, enter verb
take on duties or office.

supercede, supersede, supervene upon, supplant, replace verb
take the place or move into the position of.

15. play along, accompany, follow (verb)

perform an accompaniment to.

  • The orchestra could barely follow the frequent pitch changes of the soprano.
Hypernyms

play verb
play on an instrument.

16. keep abreast, keep up, follow (verb)

keep informed.

  • He kept up on his country's foreign policies.

17. come, follow (verb)

to be the product or result.

  • Melons come from a vine.
  • Understanding comes from experience.
Synonyms: come
Hypernyms

arise, originate, spring up, uprise, develop, grow, rise verb
come into existence; take on form or shape.

18. follow (verb)

accept and follow the leadership or command or guidance of.

  • Let's follow our great helmsman!.
  • She followed a guru for years.
Hypernyms

behave, act, DO verb
behave in a certain manner; show a certain behavior; conduct or comport oneself.

19. follow (verb)

adhere to or practice.

  • These people still follow the laws of their ancient religion.
Hypernyms

practice, use, apply verb
avail oneself to.

20. Be, follow (verb)

work in a specific place, with a specific subject, or in a specific function.

  • He is a herpetologist.
  • She is our resident philosopher.
Synonyms: Be
Hyponyms

vet verb
work as a veterinarian.

Cox verb
act as the coxswain, in a boat race.

21. surveil, survey, follow (verb)

keep under surveillance.

  • The police had been following him for weeks but they could not prove his involvement in the bombing.
Synonyms: surveil, survey

22. pursue, follow (verb)

follow in or as if in pursuit.

  • The police car pursued the suspected attacker.
  • Her bad deed followed her and haunted her dreams all her life.
Synonyms: pursue
Hypernyms

go, locomote, move, travel verb
change location; move, travel, or proceed, also metaphorically.

Hyponyms

stalk verb
go through (an area) in search of prey.

Chase, dog, give chase, go after, tail, chase after, trail, track, tag verb
go after with the intent to catch.

haunt, stalk verb
follow stealthily or recur constantly and spontaneously to.

23. follow (verb)

grasp the meaning.

  • Can you follow her argument?.
  • When he lectures, I cannot follow.
Hypernyms

understand verb
know and comprehend the nature or meaning of.

24. stick with, stick to, follow (verb)

keep to.

  • Stick to your principles.
  • stick to the diet.
Synonyms: stick with, stick to
Hypernyms

hang in, persevere, hang on, persist, hold on verb
be persistent, refuse to stop.

Nearby Terms

follow out (verb)
pursue to a conclusion or bring to a successful issue

follow suit (verb)
do what someone else is doing

follow through (verb)
carry a stroke to natural completion after hitting or releasing a ball

follow up (verb)
pursue to a conclusion or bring to a successful issue

follow up on (verb)
carry further or advance

follow-on (noun)
an immediate second innings forced on a cricket team scoring a prescribed number of runs fewer than its opponents in the first innings

follow-through (noun)
carrying some project or intention to full completion

follow-up (noun)
a piece of work that exploits or builds on earlier work

follower (noun)
a person who accepts the leadership of another

followers (noun)
a group of followers or enthusiasts

Followers of the Phrophet (noun)
a resurgent Islamic fundamentalist organization based in Nigeria that is thought to be planning terrorist attacks

following (noun)
a group of followers or enthusiasts

followup (noun)
a piece of work that exploits or builds on earlier work

folly (noun)
the trait of acting stupidly or rashly

Folsom culture (noun)
the Paleo-American culture of Central America and North America; distinguished chiefly by a thin finely made flint projectile point having the shape of a leaf