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Follow vs. Follows

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Followverb

(transitive) To go after; to pursue; to move behind in the same path or direction.

‘Follow that car!’;

Follows

Follows is a surname.

Followverb

(transitive) To go or come after in a sequence.

‘B follows A in the alphabet.’; ‘We both ordered the soup, with roast beef to follow.’;

Followverb

(transitive) To carry out (orders, instructions, etc.).

‘Follow these instructions to the letter.’;

Followverb

(transitive) To live one's life according to (religion, teachings, etc).

Followverb

(transitive) To understand, to pay attention to.

‘Do you follow me?’;

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Followverb

(transitive) To watch, to keep track of (reports of) some event or person.

‘I followed the incumbent throughout the election.’; ‘My friends don't regularly follow the news.’;

Followverb

(transitive) To be a logical consequence of.

‘It follows that if two numbers are not equal then one is larger than the other.’;

Followverb

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

Follownoun

In billiards and similar games, a stroke causing a ball to follow another ball after hitting it.

‘a follow shot’;

Follownoun

(internet) The act of following another user's online activity.

Followverb

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.’;

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Followverb

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.’;

Followverb

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’; ‘Follow peace with all men.’; ‘It is most agreeable to some men to follow their reason; and to others to follow their appetites.’;

Followverb

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.’;

Followverb

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

Followverb

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

Followverb

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.’;

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Followverb

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

‘O, had I but followed the arts!’; ‘O Antony! I have followed thee to this.’;

Followverb

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.

Follownoun

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.

Followverb

to travel behind, go after, come after;

‘The ducklings followed their mother around the pond’; ‘Please follow the guide through the museum’;

Followverb

be later in time;

‘Tuesday always follows Monday’;

Followverb

come as a logical consequence; follow logically;

‘It follows that your assertion is false’; ‘the theorem falls out nicely’;

Followverb

travel along a certain course;

‘follow the road’; ‘follow the trail’;

Followverb

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’;

Followverb

come after in time, as a result;

‘A terrible tsunami followed the earthquake’;

Followverb

behave in accordance or in agreement with;

‘Follow a pattern’; ‘Follow my example’;

Followverb

be next;

‘Mary plays best, with John and Sue following’;

Followverb

choose and follow; as of theories, ideas, policies, strategies or plans;

‘She followed the feminist movement’; ‘The candidate espouses Republican ideals’;

Followverb

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’;

Followverb

imitate in behavior; take as a model;

‘Teenagers follow their friends in everything’;

Followverb

follow, discover, or ascertain the course of development of something;

‘We must follow closely the economic development is Cuba’; ‘trace the student's progress’;

Followverb

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’;

Followverb

be the successor (of);

‘Carter followed Ford’; ‘Will Charles succeed to the throne?’;

Followverb

perform an accompaniment to;

‘The orchestra could barely follow the frequent pitch changes of the soprano’;

Followverb

keep informed;

‘He kept up on his country's foreign policies’;

Followverb

to be the product or result;

‘Melons come from a vine’; ‘Understanding comes from experience’;

Followverb

accept and follow the leadership or command or guidance of;

‘Let's follow our great helmsman!’; ‘She followed a guru for years’;

Followverb

adhere to or practice;

‘These people still follow the laws of their ancient religion’;

Followverb

work in a specific place, with a specific subject, or in a specific function;

‘He is a herpetologist’; ‘She is our resident philosopher’;

Followverb

keep under surveillance;

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

Followverb

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’;

Followverb

grasp the meaning;

‘Can you follow her argument?’; ‘When he lectures, I cannot follow’;

Followverb

keep to;

‘Stick to your principles’; ‘stick to the diet’;

Followverb

go or come after (a person or thing proceeding ahead); move or travel behind

‘the men followed in another car’; ‘she went back into the house, and Ben followed her’;

Followverb

go after (someone) in order to observe or monitor them

‘the KGB man followed her everywhere’;

Followverb

strive after; aim at

‘I follow fame’;

Followverb

go along (a route or path).

Followverb

(of a route or path) go in the same direction as or parallel to (another)

‘the road follows the track of the railway line’;

Followverb

trace the movement or direction of

‘she followed his gaze, peering into the gloom’;

Followverb

come after in time or order

‘the rates are as follows’; ‘the six years that followed his restoration’;

Followverb

happen after (something else) as a consequence

‘raucous laughter followed the ribald remark’; ‘retribution soon followed’; ‘the announcement followed on from the collapse of the merchant bank’;

Followverb

be a logical consequence of something

‘it thus follows from this equation that the value must be negative’;

Followverb

(of a person) do something after (something else)

‘they follow their March show with four UK dates next month’;

Followverb

have (a dish or course) after another or others during a meal

‘turkey was followed by dessert’;

Followverb

act according to (an instruction or precept)

‘he has difficulty in following written instructions’;

Followverb

conform to

‘the film faithfully follows Shakespeare's plot’;

Followverb

act according to the lead or example of (someone)

‘he follows Aristotle in believing this’;

Followverb

treat as a teacher or guide

‘those who seek to follow Jesus Christ’;

Followverb

pay close attention to

‘I've been following this discussion closely’;

Followverb

take an active interest in or be a supporter of

‘supporters who have followed the club through thick and thin’;

Followverb

(of a book, film, programme, etc.) be concerned with or trace the development of

‘the book follows the life and career of Henry Clay’;

Followverb

track (a person, group, or organization) by subscribing to their account on a social media website or application

‘I don't follow many celebrities on Twitter any more’; ‘if you've been following me on Facebook recently you may have seen a bunch of different posts about surgery and back trouble’;

Followverb

understand the meaning or tendency of (a speaker or argument)

‘I still don't follow you’;

Followverb

practise (a trade or profession).

Followverb

undertake or carry out (a course of action or study)

‘she followed a strict diet’;

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