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Pronunciation: (fol'ō), [key]
v.t.
1. to come after in sequence, order of time, etc.: The speech follows the dinner.
2. to go or come after; move behind in the same direction: Drive ahead, and I'll follow you.
3. to accept as a guide or leader; accept the authority of or give allegiance to: Many Germans followed Hitler.
4. to conform to, comply with, or act in accordance with; obey: to follow orders; to follow advice.
5. to imitate or copy; use as an exemplar: They follow the latest fads.
6. to move forward along (a road, path, etc.): Follow this road for a mile.
7. to come after as a result or consequence; result from: Reprisals often follow victory.
8. to go after or along with (a person) as companion.
9. to go in pursuit of: to follow an enemy.
10. to try for or attain to: to follow an ideal.
11. to engage in or be concerned with as a pursuit: He followed the sea as his true calling.
12. to watch the movements, progress, or course of: to follow a bird in flight.
13. to watch the development of or keep up with: to follow the news.
14. to keep up with and understand (an argument, story, etc.): Do you follow me?

v.i.
1. to come next after something else in sequence, order of time, etc.
2. to happen or occur after something else; come next as an event: After the defeat great disorder followed.
3. to attend or serve.
4. to go or come after a person or thing in motion.
5. to result as an effect; occur as a consequence: It follows then that he must be innocent.
6. follow out, to carry to a conclusion; execute: They followed out their orders to the letter.
7. follow suit. See suit (def. 13).
8. follow through,
a. to carry out fully, as a stroke of a club in golf, a racket in tennis, etc.
b. to continue an effort, plan, proposal, policy, etc., to its completion.
9. follow up,
a. to pursue closely and tenaciously.
b. to increase the effectiveness of by further action or repetition.
c. to pursue to a solution or conclusion.

n.
1. the act of following.
2. Billiards, Pool.See follow shot (def. 2).
3. follow-up (def. 3).

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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