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follow

verb uk   /ˈfɒl.əʊ/ us    /ˈfɑː.loʊ/

follow verb (GO)

A2 [I or T] to move behind someone or something and go where he, she, or it goes: A dog followed us home. She followed me into the kitchen. The book was delivered yesterday with a note saying the bill for it would follow in a day or two. He had the feeling he was being followed (= someone was going after him to catch him or see where he was going). I could feel them following me with their eyes (= watching my movements closely). Do your own thing, don't just follow the crowd (= do what everyone else does).PursuingOccurring and happening [T] to go in the same direction as a road, path, etc.: Follow the road for two miles, then turn left. follow suit C2 to do the same thing as someone else: When one airline reduces its prices, the rest soon follow suit.Repeating an action

follow verb (HAPPEN)

B1 [I or T] to happen or come after something: We were not prepared for the events that followed (= happened next). The meal consisted of smoked salmon, followed by guinea fowl (= with this as the next part). She published a book of poems and followed it (up) with (= next produced) a novel.Occurring and happening as follows B2 said to introduce a list of things: The winners are as follows - Woods, Smith, and Cassidy.Quoting and making references

follow verb (OBEY)

B1 [T] to obey or to act as ordered by someone: Follow the instructions on the back of the packet carefully. I decided to follow her advice and go to bed early. Muslims follow the teachings of the Koran.Obeying and breaking the lawObedient and compliantDisobedientBad and wrong behaviour

follow verb (HAVE INTEREST IN)

C1 [T] to have a great interest in something or watch something closely: He follows most sports avidly. They followed her academic progress closely.Excited, interested and enthusiastic

follow verb (BE RESULT)

C2 [not continuous] to happen as a result, or to be a likely result: [+ that] Just because I agreed last time, it doesn't necessarily follow that I will do so again.Occurring and happening

follow verb (UNDERSTAND)

B1 [I or T] to understand something as it is being said or done: I'm sorry, I don't quite follow (you). His lecture was complicated and difficult to follow.Understanding and comprehending

follow verb (READ)

[T] to read the notes or words of a piece of music or writing at the same time as they are being played or saidWriting, reading and studying music

follow verb (SOCIAL MEDIA)

[T] If you follow a particular person on Twitter (= a website where people can publish short remarks or pieces of information), you choose to see the messages that that person posts (= publishes) on the website.
(Definition of follow from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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