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Definition 1: behave in accordance or in agreement with - [verb of change]

Samples where follow or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Follow a pattern
  • Follow my example

Synonyms for follow in the sense of this definition

(follow is a kind of ...) reproduce someone's behavior or looks

"The mime imitated the passers-by" "Children often copy their parents or older siblings"

(... is a kind of follow ) be or act in accordance with

"Go by this rule and you'll be safe"

Definition 2: keep informed - [verb of change]

Samples where follow or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • He kept up on his country's foreign policies

Synonyms for follow in the sense of this definition

(follow has a similar meaning as ...) follow, discover, or ascertain the course of development of something

"We must follow closely the economic development is Cuba" "trace the student's progress" "trace one's ancestry"

Definition 3: keep to - [verb of change]

Samples where follow or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Stick to your principles
  • stick to the diet

Synonyms for follow in the sense of this definition

(follow is a kind of ...) be persistent, refuse to stop

"he persisted to call me every night" "The child persisted and kept asking questions"

(follow has a similar meaning as ...) 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"

Definition 4: follow, discover, or ascertain the course of development of something - [verb of cognition]

Samples where follow or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • We must follow closely the economic development is Cuba
  • trace the student's progress
  • trace one's ancestry

Synonyms for follow in the sense of this definition

(follow is a kind of ...) consider in detail and subject to an analysis in order to discover essential features or meaning

"analyze a sonnet by Shakespeare" "analyze the evidence in a criminal trial" "analyze your real motives"

(follow has a similar meaning as ...) keep informed

"He kept up on his country's foreign policies"

(follow has a similar meaning as ...) 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"

Definition 5: grasp the meaning - [verb of cognition]

Samples where follow or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Can you follow her argument?
  • When he lectures, I cannot follow

(follow is a kind of ...) know and comprehend the nature or meaning of

"She did not understand her husband" "I understand what she means"

Definition 6: imitate in behavior; take as a model - [verb of creation]

Samples where follow or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Teenagers follow their friends in everything

Synonyms for follow in the sense of this definition

(follow is a kind of ...) reproduce someone's behavior or looks

"The mime imitated the passers-by" "Children often copy their parents or older siblings"

Definition 7: perform an accompaniment to - [verb of creation]

Samples where follow or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The orchestra could barely follow the frequent pitch changes of the soprano

Synonyms for follow in the sense of this definition

(follow is a kind of ...) play on an instrument

"The band played all night long"

(follow belongs to category ...) musical activity (singing or whistling etc.)

"his music was his central interest"

Definition 8: to travel behind, go after, come after - [verb of motion]

Samples where follow or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The ducklings followed their mother around the pond
  • Please follow the guide through the museum

(follow is a kind of ...) change location; move, travel, or proceed, also metaphorically

"How fast does your new car go?" "We travelled from Rome to Naples by bus" "The policemen went from door to door looking for the suspect" "The soldiers moved towards the city in an attempt to take it before night fell" "news travelled fast"

(... is a kind of follow ) hang (back) or fall (behind) in movement, progress, development, etc.

(... is a kind of follow ) follow at a dangerously close distance

"it is dangerous to tailgate another vehicle"

(... is a kind of follow ) follow, usually without the person's knowledge

"The police are shadowing her"

(... is a kind of follow ) pursue a line of scent or be a bearer

"the dog was taught to fetch and carry"

Definition 9: travel along a certain course - [verb of motion]

Samples where follow or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • follow the road
  • follow the trail

Synonyms for follow in the sense of this definition

(follow is a kind of ...) change location; move, travel, or proceed, also metaphorically

"How fast does your new car go?" "We travelled from Rome to Naples by bus" "The policemen went from door to door looking for the suspect" "The soldiers moved towards the city in an attempt to take it before night fell" "news travelled fast"

(... is a kind of follow ) follow at the heels of a person

(... is a kind of follow ) go along towards (a river's) source

"The boat ascended the Delaware"

Definition 10: follow in or as if in pursuit - [verb of motion]

Samples where follow or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The police car pursued the suspected attacker
  • Her bad deed followed her and haunted her dreams all her life

Synonyms for follow in the sense of this definition

(follow is a kind of ...) change location; move, travel, or proceed, also metaphorically

"How fast does your new car go?" "We travelled from Rome to Naples by bus" "The policemen went from door to door looking for the suspect" "The soldiers moved towards the city in an attempt to take it before night fell" "news travelled fast"

(... is a kind of follow ) go through (an area) in search of prey

"stalk the woods for deer"

(... is a kind of follow ) go after with the intent to catch

"The policeman chased the mugger down the alley" "the dog chased the rabbit"

(... is a kind of follow ) follow stealthily or recur constantly and spontaneously to

"her ex-boyfriend stalked her" "the ghost of her mother haunted her"

(follow has a similar meaning as ...) keep under surveillance

"The police had been following him for weeks but they could not prove his involvement in the bombing"

Definition 11: keep under surveillance - [verb of perception]

Samples where follow or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The police had been following him for weeks but they could not prove his involvement in the bombing

Synonyms for follow in the sense of this definition

(follow has a similar meaning as ...) 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"

Definition 12: choose and follow; as of theories, ideas, policies, strategies or plans - [verb of possession]

Samples where follow or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • She followed the feminist movement
  • The candidate espouses Republican ideals

Synonyms for follow in the sense of this definition

(follow is a kind of ...) pick out, select, or choose from a number of alternatives

"Take any one of these cards" "Choose a good husband for your daughter" "She selected a pair of shoes from among the dozen the salesgirl had shown her"

(... is a kind of follow ) be a devoted follower or supporter

"The residents of this village adhered to Catholicism" "She sticks to her principles"

(follow has a similar meaning as ...) 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"

Samples where follow or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • He complied with my instructions
  • You must comply or else!
  • Follow these simple rules
  • abide by the rules

Synonyms for follow in the sense of this definition

(follow is a kind of ...) be obedient to

(... is a kind of follow ) provide a service or favor for someone

"We had to oblige him"

(... is a kind of follow ) do what is expected

(... is a kind of follow ) observe

"conform to the rules"

(follow has a similar meaning as ...) keep to

"Stick to your principles" "stick to the diet"

(follow has a similar meaning as ...) choose and follow; as of theories, ideas, policies, strategies or plans

"She followed the feminist movement" "The candidate espouses Republican ideals"

Samples where follow or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Carter followed Ford
  • Will Charles succeed to the throne?

Synonyms for follow in the sense of this definition

(... is a kind of follow ) take on duties or office

"accede to the throne"

(... is a kind of follow ) take the place or move into the position of

"Smith replaced Miller as CEO after Miller left" "the computer has supplanted the slide rule" "Mary replaced Susan as the team's captain and the highest-ranked player in the school"

Samples where follow or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Keep an eye on the baby, please!
  • The world is watching Sarajevo
  • She followed the men with the binoculars

Synonyms for follow in the sense of this definition

(follow is a kind of ...) examine so as to determine accuracy, quality, or condition

"check the brakes" "Check out the engine"

(... is a kind of follow ) keep a record on or watch attentively

"The government keeps tabs on the dissidents"

(... is a kind of follow ) to keep watch over

"there would be men guarding the horses"

(... is a kind of follow ) watch over (students taking an exam, to prevent cheating)

(follow has a similar meaning as ...) follow, discover, or ascertain the course of development of something

"We must follow closely the economic development is Cuba" "trace the student's progress" "trace one's ancestry"

Samples where follow or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • He is a herpetologist
  • She is our resident philosopher

Synonyms for follow in the sense of this definition

(... is a kind of follow ) work as a veterinarian

"She vetted for the farms in the area for many years"

(... is a kind of follow ) act as the coxswain, in a boat race

Samples where follow or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Let's follow our great helmsman!
  • She followed a guru for years

(follow is a kind of ...) behave in a certain manner; show a certain behavior; conduct or comport oneself

"You should act like an adult" "Don't behave like a fool" "What makes her do this way?" "The dog acts ferocious, but he is really afraid of people"

Samples where follow or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • These people still follow the laws of their ancient religion

(follow is a kind of ...) avail oneself to

"apply a principle" "practice a religion" "use care when going down the stairs" "use your common sense" "practice non-violent resistance"

Definition 19: be later in time - [verb of stative]

Samples where follow or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Tuesday always follows Monday

Synonyms for follow in the sense of this definition

(follow has a similar meaning as ...) come after in time, as a result

"A terrible tsunami followed the earthquake"

Definition 20: come after in time, as a result - [verb of stative]

Samples where follow or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • A terrible tsunami followed the earthquake

Synonyms for follow in the sense of this definition

(follow is a kind of ...) issue or terminate (in a specified way, state, etc.); end

"result in tragedy"

(follow has a similar meaning as ...) be later in time

"Tuesday always follows Monday"

(follow has a similar meaning as ...) be next

"Mary plays best, with John and Sue following"

Definition 21: be next - [verb of stative]

Samples where follow or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Mary plays best, with John and Sue following

(follow is a kind of ...) occupy a certain position or area; be somewhere

"Where is my umbrella?" "The toolshed is in the back" "What is behind this behavior?"

(follow has a similar meaning as ...) come after in time, as a result

"A terrible tsunami followed the earthquake"

Definition 22: to bring something about at a later time than - [verb of stative]

Samples where follow or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • She followed dinner with a brandy
  • He followed his lecture with a question and answer period

(follow causes ...) be next

"Mary plays best, with John and Sue following"

Definition 23: to be the product or result - [verb of stative]

Samples where follow or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Melons come from a vine
  • Understanding comes from experience

Synonyms for follow in the sense of this definition

(follow is a kind of ...) come into existence; take on form or shape

"A new religious movement originated in that country" "a love that sprang up from friendship" "the idea for the book grew out of a short story" "An interesting phenomenon uprose"

(follow has a similar meaning as ...) exist or occur in a certain point in a series

"Next came the student from France"

Definition 24: come as a logical consequence; follow logically - [verb of stative]

Samples where follow or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • It follows that your assertion is false
  • the theorem falls out nicely

Synonyms for follow in the sense of this definition

(follow is a kind of ...) issue or terminate (in a specified way, state, etc.); end

"result in tragedy"

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