I. verb Etymology: Middle English folwen, from Old English folgian; akin to Old High German folgēn to follow Date: before 12th century transitive verb 1. to go, proceed, or come after <
followed the guide
2. a. to engage in as a calling or way of life ; pursue <
wheat-growing is generally followed here
b. to walk or proceed along <
follow a path
3. a. to be or act in accordance with <
follow directions
b. to accept as authority ; obey <
followed his conscience
4. a. to pursue in an effort to overtake b. to seek to attain <
follow knowledge
5. to come into existence or take place as a result or consequence of <
disaster followed the blunder
6. a. to come or take place after in time, sequence, or order b. to cause to be followed <
followed dinner with a liqueur
7. to copy after ; imitate 8. a. to watch steadily <
followed the flight of the ball
b. to keep the mind on <
follow a speech
c. to attend closely to ; keep abreast of <
followed his career with interest
d. to understand the sense or logic of (as a line of thought) intransitive verb 1. to go or come after a person or thing in place, time, or sequence 2. to result or occur as a consequence, effect, or inference Synonyms: follow, succeed, ensue, supervene mean to come after something or someone. follow may apply to a coming after in time, position, or logical sequence <
speeches followed the dinner
. succeed implies a coming after immediately in a sequence determined by natural order, inheritance, election, or laws of rank <
she succeeded her father as head of the business
. ensue commonly suggests a logical consequence or naturally expected development <
after the talk a general discussion ensued
. supervene suggests the following or beginning of something unforeseen or unpredictable <
unable to continue because of supervening circumstances
. Synonym: see in addition chase. II. noun Date: 1661 1. the act or process of following 2. forward spin given to a ball by striking it above center — compare draw, English

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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