- 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!
I followed him into the house.
Follow the instructions carefully.
I'm not sure I follow your reasoning.
If you eat too much, weight gain will follow.
follow Synonyms and Antonyms
Idioms Using follow
do the same thing as someone else, especially someone who is successful
He followed in his father's footsteps and became a doctor.
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.
He always starts projects but never follows through with them.
Phrases with follow
do the same as someone else
When he ordered a beer, I decided to follow suit.
Just keep walking and follow your nose until you reach the park.
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.