1 to come or go after or behind sb/sth:
[VN] He followed her into the house. Follow me please. I'll show you the way. I think we're being followed. (figurative) She followed her mother into the medical profession. [V] Wherever she led, they followed. Sam walked in, with the rest of the boys following closely behind.
happen / do after
2 to come after sth/sb else in time or order; to happen as a result of sth else:
[VN] The first two classes are followed by a break of ten minutes. I remember little of the days that followed the accident. A period of unrest followed the president's resignation. [V] A detailed news report will follow shortly. There followed a short silence. The opening hours are as follows ... A new proposal followed on from the discussions.
3 [VN] ~ sth (up) with sth to do sth after sth else:
Follow your treatment with plenty of rest. They follow up their March show with four UK dates next month.
4 ~ (from sth) (not usually used in the progressive tenses) to be the logical result of sth:
[V] I don't see how that follows from what you've just said. [V that] If a b and b c it follows that a c.
of part of meal
5 to come or be eaten after another part:
[VN] The main course was followed by fresh fruit.
HELP NOTE This pattern is usually used in the passive. [V] (spoken) I'll have soup and fish to follow.
road / path
6 [VN] to go along a road, path, etc:
Follow this road until you get to the school, then turn left.
7 [VN] (of a road, path, etc.) to go in the same direction as sth or parallel to sth:
The lane follows the edge of a wood for about a mile.
advice / instructions
8 [VN] to accept advice, instructions, etc. and do what you have been told or shown to do:
to follow a diet / recipe He has trouble following simple instructions. Why didn't you follow my advice?
9 [VN] to accept sb/sth as a guide, a leader or an example; to copy sb/sth:
They followed the teachings of Buddha. He always followed the latest fashions ( dressed in fashionable clothes). I don't want you to follow my example and rush into marriage. The movie follows the book faithfully.
10 to understand an explanation or the meaning of sth: [V, VN] Sorry, I don't follow. Sorry, I don't follow you. [VN] The plot is almost impossible to follow.
watch / listen
11 [VN] to watch or listen to sb/sth very carefully:
The children were following every word of the story intently. Her eyes followed him everywhere ( she was looking at him all the time).
be interested in
12 [VN] to take an active interest in sth and be aware of what is happening:
Have you been following the basketball championships? Millions of people followed the trial on TV.
of book / movie
13 [VN] to be concerned with the life or development of sb/sth:
The novel follows the fortunes of a village community in Scotland.
pattern / course
14 [VN] to develop or happen in a particular way:
The day followed the usual pattern.
follow in sb's footsteps to do the same job, have the same style of life, etc. as sb else, especially sb in your family:
She works in television, following in her father's footsteps.
follow your nose
1 to be guided by your sense of smell
2 to go straight forward:
The garage is a mile ahead up the hill-just follow your nose.
3 to act according to what seems right or reasonable, rather than following any particular rules
1 (in card games) to play a card of the same SUIT that has just been played
2 to act or behave in the way that sb else has just done
follow sb around / about to keep going with sb wherever they go:
Will you stop following me around Idioms:
follow on to go somewhere after sb else has gone there:
You go to the beach with the kids and I'll follow on when I've finished work.
follow through (in tennis, golf, etc.) to complete a stroke by continuing to move the club, RACKET, etc. after hitting the ball
related noun FOLLOW-THROUGH (1)
follow through (with sth) | follow sth<->through to finish sth that you have started
related noun FOLLOW-THROUGH (2)
1 to add to sth that you have just done by doing sth else:
You should follow up your phone call with an e-mail or a letter.
2 to find out more about sth that sb has told you or suggested to you
The police are following up several leads after their TV appeal for information.
related noun FOLLOW-UP
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