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Definition of FOLLOW

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Follow \Fol"low\, v. t. [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. [1913 Webster]

              It waves me forth again; I'll follow it. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

     2. To endeavor to overtake; to go in pursuit of; to chase; to pursue; to prosecute. [1913 Webster]

              I will harden the hearts of the Egyptians, and they shall follow them.                    --Ex. xiv. 17. [1913 Webster]

     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. [1913 Webster]

              Approve the best, and follow what I approve.
                                                    --Milton. [1913 Webster]

              Follow peace with all men.            --Heb. xii.
                                                    14. [1913 Webster]

              It is most agreeable to some men to follow their reason; and to others to follow their appetites.
                                                    --J. Edwards. [1913 Webster]

     4. To copy after; to take as an example.
        [1913 Webster]

              We had rather follow the perfections of them whom we like not, than in defects resemble them whom we love.                                 --Hooker. [1913 Webster]

     5. To succeed in order of time, rank, or office. [1913 Webster]

     6. To result from, as an effect from a cause, or an inference from a premise. [1913 Webster]

     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. [1913 Webster]

              He followed with his eyes the flitting shade.
                                                    --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

     8. To walk in, as a road or course; to attend upon closely, as a profession or calling. [1913 Webster]

              O, had I but followed the arts!       --Shak. [1913 Webster]

              O Antony! I have followed thee to this. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

     {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. [1913 Webster]

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

Follow \Fol"low\, v. i.
     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. [1913 Webster]

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

Follow \Fol"low\, n.
     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.]

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

407 Moby Thesaurus words for "follow":
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