- follow [fäl′ō]vt.[ME folwen < OE folgian, akin to Ger folgen & (?) Welsh olafiad, follower]1. to come or go after2. to go after in order to catch; chase; pursue3. to go along [follow the right road]4. to come or occur after in time, in a series, etc.5. to provide with something that comes after [to follow praise with blame]6. to take the place of in rank, position, etc. [Monroe followed Madison as president]7. to take up; engage in [to follow a trade]8. to come or happen as a result of [disease often follows malnutrition]9. to take as a model; act in accordance with; imitate10. to accept the authority of; obey [to follow rules]11. to support or advocate the ideas, opinions, etc. of12. to watch or listen to closely; observe [to follow a conversation intently]13. to be interested in or attentive to current developments in [to follow local politics]14. to understand the continuity or logic of [do you follow me?]vi.1. to come, go, or happen after or next after some thing or person in place, sequence, or time2. to occur as a natural or logical consequence; resultn.1. the act of following2. 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 ball: also follow shot——————as followsas will next be told or explained——————follow outto carry out fully or completely——————follow through1. to continue and complete a stroke or swing after hitting or releasing the ball or puck2. to continue and complete an action——————follow up1. to follow closely and persistently2. to carry out fully3. to add to the effectiveness of by doing something moreSYN.- FOLLOW is the general word meaning to come or occur after, but it does not necessarily imply a causal relationship with what goes before [sunshine followed by rain ]; ENSUE implies that what follows comes as a logical consequence of what preceded [clouds appeared and rain ensued]; SUCCEED implies that what follows takes the place of what preceded [who succeeded Polk to the presidency? ]; RESULT stresses a definite relationship of cause and effect between what follows and what preceded [superstition results from ignorance ] -ANT. PRECEDE
English World dictionary. V. Neufeldt. 2014.