follow /ˈfɑːloʊ/ verb
follows; followed; following
follows; followed; following
Learner's definition of FOLLOW
: to go or come after or behind (someone or something)
[+ object]
[no object]
[+ object] : to go after or behind (someone) secretly and watch to find out what happens
: to come after (something) in time or place or as part of a series
[+ object]
[no object]
[+ object] : to have or do something after (something else) + with
: to happen after and as a result of (something)
[+ object]
[no object]
[no object] : to be true or seem to be true because of something
often + that
[+ object]
: to be guided by (something)
: to do the same thing as (someone)
[+ object] : to move forward on (a road, a path, etc.)
often used figuratively
[+ object] of a road, path, etc. : to be on or next to (something) for a distance
[+ object]
: to keep your eyes or attention on (something)
: to give close attention to what happens in (something)
British : to be a fan of (a team) : support
: to understand the sense or logic of (something or someone)
[+ object]
[no object]

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

as follows

used to introduce a list, a statement, instructions, etc.

follow around

[phrasal verb] or British follow about
follow (someone) around/about
: to go wherever (someone) goes

follow in someone's footsteps

see footstep

follow someone's lead

see 2lead

follow suit

in card games : to play a card of the same suit (such as hearts or spades) as the card that was played just before
: to do the same thing that someone else has just done

follow the path/line of least resistance

see resistance

follow through

[phrasal verb]
follow through or follow (something) through : to complete an activity or process that has been started
often + on or with
sports : to keep your arms, legs, etc., moving after you hit or kick a ball : to complete a stroke or swing
see also follow-through

follow up

[phrasal verb]
follow up (something) or follow (something) up or follow up : to follow (something) with something similar, related, or additional + with or by
follow up (something) or follow (something) up or follow up or chiefly US follow up on (something)
: to try to get more information about (something)
: to do something in response to (something) : to take appropriate action about (something)
see also follow-up

follow your nose

: to go in a straight or obvious course
: to proceed without a definite plan : to do what seems right or best without careful planning
: to go toward the place where a smell is coming from