1 go after sb/sth

Johnson finished first, closely followed by Stevens and Higgins.

dutifully, obediently

The dog followed obediently at her heels.


She followed blindly, stumbling over stones in her path.

quietly, silently

You go ahead and we'll follow on later.

beckon sb to, beckon to sb to

She beckoned him to follow her.

being followed

As she walked home, she had the feeling she was being followed.

follow close behind (sb), follow right behind (sb)

Ray came out of the bedroom, Mary following close behind.

2 happen after sth
closely, quickly, shortly, soon, swiftly

More information will follow shortly.

directly, immediately, instantly

in the period immediately following the election

(be) followed by sth

Any argument was always followed by a few days of silence.

follow in the wake of sth

the workers' revolts that followed in the wake of the student uprising

3 happen/be true as a result of sth
not necessarily

It does not necessarily follow that sleep loss would cause these symptoms.

(on) from

Several conclusions follow on from his statement.

4 accept advice/instructions
carefully, to the letter

Follow my instructions very carefully.

dutifully, obediently
5 copy

The movie follows the book faithfully.

blindly, slavishly

It wasn't in his nature to follow blindly.

slavishly following the views of his teachers

be expected to, be likely to

Other companies are likely to follow Z-Quest in applying for an exemption.

follow in sb's footsteps

He wanted to follow in his mother's footsteps and be a ballroom dancer.

follow in the tradition of sb/sth

How do your feel your writing follows in the tradition of the South?

follow suit (= act or behave in the way that sb else has just done)
6 understand sth
not quite

I'm sorry, but I don't quite follow you (= understand what you are saying).

be easy to
be difficult to, be hard to, be impossible to

His argument was difficult to follow.

Follow is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑adjective, ↑consequence, ↑disappointment, ↑eye, ↑fighting, ↑footpath, ↑furore, ↑gaze, ↑hound, ↑movie, ↑noun, ↑path, ↑pause, ↑quiet, ↑recommendation, ↑retribution, ↑riot, ↑route, ↑silence, ↑trail
Follow is used with these nouns as the object: ↑advice, ↑agenda, ↑approach, ↑arc, ↑arrow, ↑baseball, ↑belief, ↑blueprint, ↑clue, ↑coast, ↑coastline, ↑code, ↑conscience, ↑convention, ↑counsel, ↑course, ↑cricket, ↑crowd, ↑cue, ↑curriculum, ↑custom, ↑cycle, ↑design, ↑diet, ↑direction, ↑directive, ↑doctrine, ↑dream, ↑drift, ↑example, ↑fashion, ↑father, ↑flow, ↑football, ↑footpath, ↑footprint, ↑footstep, ↑format, ↑formula, ↑fortune, ↑gaze, ↑god, ↑guidance, ↑guideline, ↑heart, ↑herd, ↑hunch, ↑impulse, ↑inclination, ↑injunction, ↑instinct, ↑instruction, ↑itinerary, ↑law, ↑lead, ↑line, ↑link, ↑logic, ↑map, ↑maxim, ↑method, ↑movement, ↑news, ↑noun, ↑occupation, ↑order, ↑path, ↑pattern, ↑philosophy, ↑plan, ↑policy, ↑politics, ↑practice, ↑precaution, ↑precedent, ↑procedure, ↑programme, ↑progress, ↑pursuit, ↑reasoning, ↑recipe, ↑recommendation, ↑regime, ↑regimen, ↑religion, ↑rhythm, ↑ritual, ↑river, ↑road, ↑route, ↑routine, ↑rule, ↑ruling, ↑scent, ↑sequence, ↑shore, ↑sign, ↑step, ↑story, ↑strategy, ↑style, ↑suggestion, ↑syllabus, ↑teaching, ↑thread, ↑timetable, ↑tip, ↑track, ↑trade, ↑tradition, ↑trail, ↑trend, ↑vocation, ↑whim

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