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followverb

 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 British English

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followverb

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 (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 said
  • 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 Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"follow" in Business English

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followverb

uk   us   /ˈfɒləʊ/
[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)
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