Meaning of “follow” in the English Dictionary

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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.
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).

[ 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.

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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 book was delivered yesterday with a note saying the bill for it would follow in a day or two.
The meal consisted of spinach salad, followed by roast chicken (= with this as the next part).
She published a book of poems and followed it (up) with (= next produced) a novel.
as follows

B2 said to introduce a list of things:

The winners are as follows - Woods, Smith, and Cassidy.

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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.

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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.

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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 again.

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follow verb (SOCIAL MEDIA)

[ T ] If you follow a particular person on a social media website (= a website where people can publish their thoughts, photographs, information about themselves etc.), you choose to see everything that person posts (= publishes) on the website.

(Definition of “follow” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"follow" in American English

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us /ˈfɑl·oʊ/

follow verb (MOVE AFTER)

[ I/T ] to move along after someone or something, or to move along a route or path:

[ T ] The dog followed us home.
[ I ] He drove ahead and we followed in our own car.
[ T ] Follow this road for the next two miles.

[ I/T ] To follow someone is also to move along after a person in order to watch where that person is going:

[ T ] She had the feeling she was being followed.

follow verb (HAPPEN AFTER)

[ I/T ] to happen after something else in order or time:

[ I ] We were not prepared for what followed.
[ T ] A reception will follow the meeting, so please stay.

follow verb (OBEY)

[ T ] to obey someone, or to act according to something:

Follow the instructions in taking the medicine.
I decided to follow her advice.
If you follow the signs, you will have no trouble finding the airport.

follow verb (UNDERSTAND)

[ T ] to understand:

He spoke so rapidly we could hardly follow what he said.

follow verb (INTERESTED IN)

[ T ] to be actively interested in something, or to give your attention to something:

Do you follow football?
We’ve followed her political career for many years.

follow verb (BE RESULT)

[ I ] to happen as a result, or to be a likely result:

[ + that clause ] Fuel prices for transporting goods have increased, so it would follow that those prices are getting passed on to customers.

(Definition of “follow” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"follow" in Business English

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uk /ˈfɒləʊ/ us

[ I or T ] to happen or come after something:

More mergers are likely to follow.
October's increase followed a 1.6% rise in output in September.
The bonds recovered after some initial selling following news of the proposed merger.
Government macro-economic policy encouraged a consumer boom followed by a deep recession.

[ T ] to obey instructions or to do something according to a plan or someone's advice:

The shelves are easy to assemble if you follow the instructions carefully.
follow orders/advice By following our advice, clients should save at least £770 a year.
follow a policy/a procedure/guidelines At the enquiry into the crash, the airline said that normal procedure had been followed.

[ T ] to watch something closely to see how it develops:

He works for a group of Wall Street analysts who follow internet stocks closely.

[ I or T ] to do the same thing as someone:

They were the first to introduce online ordering, but other companies have been quick to follow.
follow sb's example/lead When the company announces its price increases, many of its competitors are expected to follow its lead.

[ I ] also follow on to be sent or paid at a later date:

Your bank card will arrive first, and the PIN number will follow, in a separate envelope.
as follows

used to introduce a list of things:

Our main aims are as follows: 1. efficiency 2. value for money 3. quality.
follow a career, occupation, trade, etc.

to do a particular job:

The company has an open door policy to mature entrants who have followed alternative career paths.
follow suit

to do the same as someone else:

We expect that fund managers will take a lead by coming out in favour of one of the banks, at which point undecided investors will follow suit.

(Definition of “follow” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)