Pronunciation: (fol'ō-up"), [key]
1. the act of following up.
2. an action or thing that serves to increase the effectiveness of a previous one, as a second or subsequent letter, phone call, or visit.
3. Also called follow. Journalism.
a. a news story providing additional information on a story or article previously published.
b. Also called sidebar, supplementary story. a minor news story used to supplement a related story of major importance. Cf. feature story (def. 1), human-interest story, shirttail.

1. designed or serving to follow up, esp. to increase the effectiveness of a previous action: a follow-up interview; a follow-up offer.
2. of or pertaining to action that follows an initial treatment, course of study, etc.: follow-up care for mental patients; a follow-up survey.

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

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