follow up - definition and synonyms

phrasal verb
present tense
I/you/we/theyfollow up
he/she/itfollows up
present participlefollowing up
past tensefollowed up
past participlefollowed up
  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] to try to find out more about something, or to do something more to deal with it

    They never followed my complaint up.

    The police are now following up some new leads.

  2. 2
    [transitive] follow up with to do something in addition to what you have already done, in order to be certain of achieving your aim

    Follow up the phone call with a written confirmation.

  3. 3
    [transitive] to check the health of someone who has received medical treatment, in order to be certain that it was effective

    The study followed up over 200 heart patients.

See also main entry: follow