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English definition of “follow”

follow

verb     /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 verb from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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