Meaning of FOLLOW in English



1. tr. or (foll. by after) intr. go or come after (a person or thing proceeding ahead).

2 tr. go along (a route, path, etc.).

3 tr. & intr. come after in order or time (Nero followed Claudius; dessert followed; my reasons are as follows).

4 tr. take as a guide or leader.

5 tr. conform to (follow your example).

6 tr. practise (a trade or profession).

7 tr. undertake (a course of study etc.).

8 tr. understand the meaning or tendency of (a speaker or argument).

9 tr. maintain awareness of the current state or progress of (events etc. in a particular sphere).

10 tr. (foll. by with) provide with a sequel or successor.

11 intr. happen after something else; ensue.

12 intr. a be necessarily true as a result of something else. b (foll. by from) be a result of.

13 tr. strive after; aim at; pursue (followed fame and fortune).

Phrases and idioms:

follow-my-leader a game in which players must do as the leader does. follow one's nose trust to instinct. follow on

1. continue.

2 (of a cricket team) have to bat again immediately after the first innings. follow-on n. an instance of this. follow out carry out; adhere precisely to (instructions etc.).

follow suit

1. Cards play a card of the suit led.

2 conform to another person's actions.

follow through

1. continue (an action etc.) to its conclusion.

2 Sport continue the movement of a stroke after the ball has been struck. follow-through n. the action of following through. follow up (foll.

by with)

1. pursue, develop, supplement.

2 make further investigation of. follow-up n. a subsequent or continued action, measure, experience, etc.

Etymology: OE folgian f. Gmc

Oxford English vocab.      Оксфордский английский словарь.