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From Middle English folwen, folgen from Old English folġian, fylgan 'to follow, pursue', from Proto-Germanic *fulgijaną. Compare West Frisian folgje, Dutch volgen, German folgen, Danish følge, Swedish följa. More at folk. See also full.
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈfɒləʊ/
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈfɑloʊ/
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- Rhymes: -ɒləʊ
- (transitive) To go after; to pursue; to move behind in the same path or direction.
- Follow that car!
- (transitive) To go or come after in a sequence.
- B follows A in the alphabet.
- We both ordered the soup, with roast beef to follow.
- (transitive) To carry out (orders, instructions, etc.).
1898, Winston Churchill, chapter 4, The Celebrity:
- The Celebrity, by arts unknown, induced Mrs. Judge Short and two other ladies to call at Mohair on an afternoon when Mr. Cooke was trying a trotter on the track. […] Their example was followed by others at a time when the master of Mohair was superintending in person the docking of some two-year-olds, and equally invisible.
- Follow these instructions to the letter.
- (transitive) To live one's life according to (religion, teachings, etc).
- (transitive) To understand, to pay attention to.
- Do you follow me?
- (transitive) To watch, to keep track of (reports of) some event or person.
- I followed the incumbent throughout the election.
- (transitive) To be a logical consequence of.
- It follows that if two numbers are not equal then one is larger than the other.
- (transitive) To walk in, as a road or course; to attend upon closely, as a profession or calling.
- O, had I but followed the arts!
- (go after in a physical space): trail, tail
- (in a sequence): succeed
- (carry out): pursue
- (be a consequence): ensue
- chase verb
to go or come after in physical space
to go or come after in a sequence
to carry out in accordance to
to live one’s life according to
to keep track of
to be a logical consequence of