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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Follow \Fol"low\, verb (used with an object) [imp. & p. p. {Followed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Following}.][OE. foluwen, folwen, folgen, AS. folgian, fylgean, fylgan; akin to D. volgen, OHG. folg[=e]n, G. folgen, Icel. fylgja, Sw. f["o]lja, Dan. f["o]lge, and perh. to E. folk.]

1. To go or come after; to move behind in the same path or direction; hence, to go with (a leader, guide, etc.); to accompany; to attend.

It waves me forth again; I'll follow it. --Shak.

2. To endeavor to overtake; to go in pursuit of; to chase; to pursue; to prosecute.

I will harden the hearts of the Egyptians, and they shall follow them. --Ex. xiv. 17.

3. To accept as authority; to adopt the opinions of; to obey; to yield to; to take as a rule of action; as, to follow good advice.

Approve the best, and follow what I approve. --Milton.

Follow peace with all men. --Heb. xii. 14.

It is most agreeable to some men to follow their reason; and to others to follow their appetites. --J. Edwards.

4. To copy after; to take as an example.

We had rather follow the perfections of them whom we like not, than in defects resemble them whom we love. --Hooker.

5. To succeed in order of time, rank, or office.

6. To result from, as an effect from a cause, or an inference from a premise.

7. To watch, as a receding object; to keep the eyes fixed upon while in motion; to keep the mind upon while in progress, as a speech, musical performance, etc.; also, to keep up with; to understand the meaning, connection, or force of, as of a course of thought or argument.

He followed with his eyes the flitting shade. --Dryden.

8. To walk in, as a road or course; to attend upon closely, as a profession or calling.

O, had I but followed the arts! --Shak.

O Antony! I have followed thee to this. --Shak.

{Follow board} (Founding), a board on which the pattern and the flask lie while the sand is rammed into the flask. --Knight.

{To follow the hounds}, to hunt with dogs.

{To follow suit} (Card Playing), to play a card of the same suit as the leading card; hence, colloquially, to follow an example set.

{To follow up}, to pursue indefatigably.

Syn: Syn.- To pursue; chase; go after; attend; accompany; succeed; imitate; copy; embrace; maintain.

Usage: - To {Follow}, {Pursue}. To follow (v.t.) denotes simply to go after; to pursue denotes to follow with earnestness, and with a view to attain some definite object; as, a hound pursues the deer. So a person follows a companion whom he wishes to overtake on a journey; the officers of justice pursue a felon who has escaped from prison.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Follow \Fol"low\, verb (used without an object) To go or come after; -- used in the various senses of the transitive verb: To pursue; to attend; to accompany; to be a result; to imitate.

Syn: To {Follow}, {Succeed}, {Ensue}.

Usage: To follow (v.i.) means simply to come after; as, a crowd followed. To succeed means to come after in some regular series or succession; as, day succeeds to day, and night to night. To ensue means to follow by some established connection or principle of sequence. As wave follows wave, revolution succeeds to revolution; and nothing ensues but accumulated wretchedness.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Follow \Fol"low\, noun The art or process of following; specif., in some games, as billiards, a stroke causing a ball to follow another ball after hitting it. Also used adjectively; as, follow shot. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

follow

verb

1: to travel behind, go after, come after; "The ducklings followed their mother around the pond"; "Please follow the guide through the museum" [ant: {lead}, {precede}]

2: be later in time; "Tuesday always follows Monday" [syn: {postdate}, {follow}] [ant: {antecede}, {antedate}, {forego}, {forgo}, {precede}, {predate}]

3: come as a logical consequence; follow logically; "It follows that your assertion is false"; "the theorem falls out nicely" [syn: {follow}, {fall out}]

4: travel along a certain course; "follow the road"; "follow the trail" [syn: {follow}, {travel along}]

5: act in accordance with someone's rules, commands, or wishes; "He complied with my instructions"; "You must comply or else!"; "Follow these simple rules"; "abide by the rules" [syn: {comply}, {follow}, {abide by}]

6: come after in time, as a result; "A terrible tsunami followed the earthquake" [syn: {follow}, {come after}]

7: behave in accordance or in agreement with; "Follow a pattern"; "Follow my example" [syn: {follow}, {conform to}]

8: be next; "Mary plays best, with John and Sue following"

9: choose and follow; as of theories, ideas, policies, strategies or plans; "She followed the feminist movement"; "The candidate espouses Republican ideals" [syn: {adopt}, {follow}, {espouse}]

10: to bring something about at a later time than; "She followed dinner with a brandy"; "He followed his lecture with a question and answer period"

11: imitate in behavior; take as a model; "Teenagers follow their friends in everything" [syn: {take after}, {follow}]

12: follow, discover, or ascertain the course of development of something; "We must follow closely the economic development is Cuba" ; "trace the student's progress" [syn: {trace}, {follow}]

13: follow with the eyes or the mind; "Keep an eye on the baby, please!"; "The world is watching Sarajevo"; "She followed the men with the binoculars" [syn: {watch}, {observe}, {follow}, {watch over}, {keep an eye on}]

14: be the successor (of); "Carter followed Ford"; "Will Charles succeed to the throne?" [syn: {succeed}, {come after}, {follow}] [ant: {come before}, {precede}]

15: perform an accompaniment to; "The orchestra could barely follow the frequent pitch changes of the soprano" [syn: {play along}, {accompany}, {follow}]

16: keep informed; "He kept up on his country's foreign policies" [syn: {keep up}, {keep abreast}, {follow}]

17: to be the product or result; "Melons come from a vine"; "Understanding comes from experience" [syn: {come}, {follow}]

18: accept and follow the leadership or command or guidance of; "Let's follow our great helmsman!"; "She followed a guru for years"

19: adhere to or practice; "These people still follow the laws of their ancient religion"

20: work in a specific place, with a specific subject, or in a specific function; "He is a herpetologist"; "She is our resident philosopher" [syn: {be}, {follow}]

21: keep under surveillance; "The police had been following him for weeks but they could not prove his involvement in the bombing" [syn: {surveil}, {follow}, {survey}]

22: follow in or as if in pursuit; "The police car pursued the suspected attacker"; "Her bad deed followed her and haunted her dreams all her life" [syn: {pursue}, {follow}]

23: grasp the meaning; "Can you follow her argument?"; "When he lectures, I cannot follow"

24: keep to; "Stick to your principles"; "stick to the diet" [syn: {stick to}, {stick with}, {follow}]

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