follow Definition

  • 1go or come after (a person or thing proceeding ahead); move or travel behind
  • 2act according to (an instruction or precept)
  • 3understand the meaning or logic of (something)
  • 4be a logical consequence of

Using follow: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "follow" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    I followed him into the house.

  • Example

    Follow the instructions carefully.

  • Example

    I'm not sure I follow your reasoning.

  • Example

    If you eat too much, weight gain will follow.

follow Synonyms and Antonyms

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Idioms Using follow

  • follow in someone's footsteps

    do the same thing as someone else, especially someone who is successful


    He followed in his father's footsteps and became a doctor.

  • follow one's heart

    do what one feels is right or what makes one happy, rather than what other people say


    She decided to follow her heart and pursue a career in music.

  • continue with a plan or idea until it is completed


    He always starts projects but never follows through with them.

Phrases with follow

  • follow suit

    do the same as someone else


    When he ordered a beer, I decided to follow suit.

  • follow one's nose

    go straight ahead


    Just keep walking and follow your nose until you reach the park.

  • follow the crowd

    do what everyone else is doing


    She didn't really want to go to the party, but she decided to follow the crowd.

Origins of follow

from Old English 'folgian', related to Dutch 'volgen' and German 'folgen'


Summary: follow in Brief

The verb 'follow' [ˈfɒləʊ] means to go or come after, act according to, understand, or be a logical consequence of. It can be used in various contexts, such as following a person or thing, following instructions, or following a line of reasoning. Phrases like 'follow suit' and idioms like 'follow in someone's footsteps' extend its meaning to doing the same as others or following a successful example.

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