follows; followed; following
follows; followed; following
Learner's definition of FOLLOW
1 a : to go or come after or behind (someone or something)
She followed us into the kitchen.
The dog followed the children home.
The exit is right this way. Just follow me.
b [+ object] : to go after or behind (someone) secretly and watch to find out what happens
The children went home and the dog followed behind.
If one sheep goes through the gate, the rest will follow.
2 a : to come after (something) in time or place or as part of a series
Spring follows winter. = Winter is followed by spring.
The number 15 follows 14.
Her accident was followed by a long period of recovery.
b [+ object] : to have or do something after (something else)— + with
First came the student speeches, and the presentation of awards followed.
(formal) The war ended. There followed [=then came; then there was] a long period of rebuilding.
3 a : to happen after and as a result of (something)
[no object] b [no object] : to be true or seem to be true because of something— often + that
From the evidence given, it follows that the accused is guilty.
Just because he's done some bad things, does/must it follow that he's a bad person? [=does it mean that he is a bad person?]
4 a : to be guided by (something)
b : to do the same thing as (someone)
You should follow [=obey] your conscience.
follow your instincts
follow my advice
She must learn to follow instructions.
We must follow the evidence wherever it leads.
You should follow her example. = You should follow the example she set. [=you should do what she did]
5 [+ object] : to move forward on (a road, a path, etc.)
— often used figuratively
Follow that path, and you will come to a log cabin.
You should follow the main highway until you see signs for the stadium.
His friends all went to college, but he chose to follow a different path. [=to do something different]
Do recessions follow a predictable cycle/pattern?
6 [+ object], of a road, path, etc. : to be on or next to (something) for a distance
7 a : to keep your eyes or attention on (something) b : to give close attention to what happens in (something) c British : to be a fan of (a team) 8 : to understand the sense or logic of (something or someone)
a hard/tough act to follow
: someone or something that has been so successful that it is very difficult for the person or thing coming next to be as good
— used to introduce a list, a statement, instructions, etc.
The names of the finalists are as follows: Mary, James, and George.
Proceed as follows: go straight ahead to Martin Street and then turn left.
follow around[phrasal verb]or Britishfollow about
follow (someone) around/about
: to go wherever (someone) goes
follow in someone's footsteps
1 in card games : to play a card of the same suit (such as hearts or spades) as the card that was played just before 2 : to do the same thing that someone else has just done
His brother went to medical school, and he followed suit.
After one airline lowers their fares, the other airlines usually follow suit.
follow the path/line of least resistance
follow through[phrasal verb]
1 follow through or follow (something) through : to complete an activity or process that has been started
— often + on or with
He always starts the school year off studying and working hard, but he doesn't follow through. [=he doesn't continue to study and work hard]
He doesn't follow his good intentions through. [=although he makes plans to do things, he doesn't actually do them]
2 sports : to keep your arms, legs, etc., moving after you hit or kick a ball: to complete a stroke or swing
follow up[phrasal verb]
1 follow up (something) or follow (something) up or follow up : to follow (something) with something similar, related, or additional— + with or by
He followed up his early findings with another study.
After you submit your job application, you should follow it up by making a phone call.
Her first book was a big success, and she followed up with another best seller.
follow up (something) or follow (something) up or follow up or chiefly US follow up on (something)
2 a : to try to get more information about (something) b : to do something in response to (something): to take appropriate action about (something)
Police followed up the complaints with several arrests.
He complained several times, but the police never followed up.
He says that the police failed to follow up on his complaints.
follow your noseinformal
1 : to go in a straight or obvious course 2 : to proceed without a definite plan: to do what seems right or best without careful planning 3 : to go toward the place where a smell is coming from