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verb follow pronunciation in British English /ˈfɒləʊ/ 
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I/you/we/theyfollow
he/she/itfollows
present participlefollowing
past tensefollowed
past participlefollowed
  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] to walk, drive etc behind someone, when you are going in the same direction as them

    Ralph set off down the hill, and I followed.

    follow someone up/down/to/through/into etc:

    Jim opened the door and followed me down the corridor.

    1. a.
      [transitive] to walk, drive etc closely behind someone in order to watch them

      I felt sure that someone was following me.

      I think we're being followed.

  2. 2
    [intransitive/transitive] to happen or come after something else

    The six o'clock news follows shortly.

    the days/weeks/years etc that followed:

    In the weeks that followed the situation was very tense.

    be followed by something:

    The wedding will be followed by a reception.

    We had soup followed by roast lamb with spring vegetables.

    to follow (=available to be eaten next):

    There's apple pie and cream to follow.

    there follows something:

    There followed seven months of hard negotiations.

    1. a.
      to happen as a direct result of something else

      Wild celebrations followed the announcement.

      They were warned that if the rebels did not surrender, severe reprisals would follow.

    2. b.
      [transitive] if you follow one thing with another, you do the second after you have done the first

      She followed the success of her first book with another remarkable novel.

  3. 3
    [transitive] to watch where someone or something is going

    His eyes followed the car to the end of the drive.

  4. 4
    [transitive] to obey an order, or to do what someone has advised you to do

    You must follow a few simple guidelines.

    follow someone's advice/suggestion:

    She refused to follow our advice.

    follow directions/instructions/orders/rules:

    The manufacturer's instructions should always be followed carefully.

    1. a.
      [transitive] to go where signs and directions tell you to go

      We followed Joe's directions and found the house easily.

      Follow the signs for Lancaster.

  5. 5
    [transitive] to go along a road, river etc in the same direction as it does

    Follow the road down the hill into the village.

  6. 6
    [transitive] to be interested in the progress or development of someone or something

    My father's followed the same football team for 40 years.

    Have you been following the election campaign?

  7. 7
    [transitive] [often in negatives or questions] to understand something, especially something long or complicated

    I couldn't follow what Professor Hope was saying.

    I'm sorry, I don't quite follow you.

    easy/difficult to follow:

    Their system is pretty easy to follow.

  8. 8
    [intransitive/transitive] to do the same thing that someone else has done

    What one child does, others will often follow.

    follow someone into something (=decide to do the same job as someone else):

    She decided not to follow her mother into banking.

    follow someone's example/lead:

    Canada may follow the EU's example by banning these products.

    Other students followed her lead and boycotted lectures.

    follow suit (=do what someone else has done):

    They began to offer takeaway food, and other restaurants followed suit.

  9. 10
    [transitive] to believe what a religion or system of ideas teaches and to do the things that it tells you to do

    I follow the teachings of the Buddha.

    those who follow Christianity

  10. 11
    [transitive] to happen according to a particular pattern or course

    All the murders have followed the same grisly pattern.

    Up to now, ozone losses have tended to follow a two-year cycle.

  11. 12
    [intransitive] if something follows, it must be true because of something else that is true
    follow from:

    Two important implications follow from this.

    it follows (that):

    It does not necessarily follow that all criminals come from deprived backgrounds.

  12. 13
    [transitive] to deal with the progress or development of someone or something in a book, film, or television programme

    The film follows the adventures of an ant called Flick.

  13. 14
    [transitive] if you follow someone on the online social networking service Twitter, you receive the Tweets that they send

    Take a look at our list of the 40 people you should follow on Twitter.

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