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Follow vs. Guide — What's the Difference?

Follow vs. Guide — What's the Difference?

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Follow

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
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Guide

A guide is a person who leads travelers, sportsmen, or tourists through unknown or unfamiliar locations. The term can also be applied to a person who leads others to more abstract goals such as knowledge or wisdom.
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Follow

Come after in time or order
The rates are as follows
The six years that followed his restoration
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Guide

One who shows the way by leading, directing, or advising.
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Follow

Act according to (an instruction or precept)
He has difficulty in following written instructions
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Guide

One who serves as a model for others, as in a course of conduct.
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Follow

Pay close attention to
I've been following this discussion closely
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Guide

A person employed to conduct others, as through a museum, and give information about points of interest encountered.
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Follow

Practise (a trade or profession).
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Guide

Something, such as a pamphlet, that offers basic information or instruction
A shopper's guide.
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Follow

To come or go after; proceed behind
Follow the usher to your seat.
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Guide

A guidebook.
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Follow

To go after in pursuit
Would follow his enemy to the ends of the earth.
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Guide

Something that serves to direct or indicate.
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Follow

To keep under surveillance
The agent followed the suspect around town.
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Guide

A device, such as a ruler, tab, or bar, that serves as an indicator or acts to regulate a motion or operation.
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Follow

To move along the course of; take
We followed the path.
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Guide

A soldier stationed at the right or left of a column of marchers to control alignment, show direction, or mark the point of pivot.
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Follow

To move in the direction of; be guided by
Followed the sun westward.
Followed the signs to the zoo.
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Guide

To serve as a guide for; conduct.
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Follow

To lie in the same path as
The road follows the old trading route.
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Guide

To direct the course of; steer
Guide a ship through a channel.
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Follow

To be parallel to
The road follows the river.
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Guide

To exert control or influence over; direct
Guided the nation through the crisis.
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Follow

To accept the guidance, command, or leadership of
Follow a spiritual master.
Rebels who refused to follow their leader.
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Guide

To supervise the training or education of.
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Follow

To adhere to; practice
Followed family traditions.
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Guide

To serve as a guide.
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Follow

To take as a model or precedent; imitate
Followed my example and resigned.
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Guide

Someone who guides, especially someone hired to show people around a place or an institution and offer information and explanation, or to lead them through dangerous terrain.
The guide led us around the museum and explained the exhibits.
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Follow

To act in agreement or compliance with; obey
Follow the rules.
Follow one's instincts.
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Guide

A document or book that offers information or instruction; guidebook.
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Follow

To keep to or stick to
Followed the recipe.
Follow a diet.
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Guide

A sign that guides people; guidepost.
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Follow

To engage in (a trade or occupation); work at.
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Guide

Any marking or object that catches the eye to provide quick reference.
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Follow

To come after in order, time, or position
Night follows day.
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Guide

A device that guides part of a machine, or guides motion or action.
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Follow

To bring something about at a later time than or as a consequence of
She followed her lecture with a question-and-answer period. The band followed its hit album with a tour.
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Guide

A blade or channel for directing the flow of water to the buckets in a water wheel.
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Follow

To occur or be evident as a consequence of
Your conclusion does not follow your premise.
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Guide

A grooved director for a probe or knife in surgery.
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Follow

To watch or observe closely
Followed the bird through binoculars.
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Guide

A strip or device to direct the compositor's eye to the line of copy being set.
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Follow

To be attentive to; pay close heed to
Too sleepy to follow the sermon.
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Guide

(occult) A spirit believed to speak through a medium.
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Follow

To keep oneself informed of the course, progress, or fortunes of
Follow the stock market.
Followed the local teams.
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Guide

(military) A member of a group marching in formation who sets the pattern of movement or alignment for the rest.
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Follow

To grasp the meaning or logic of; understand
Do you follow my argument?.
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Guide

To serve as a guide for someone or something; to lead or direct in a way; to conduct in a course or path.
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Follow

To come, move, or take place after another person or thing in order or time.
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Guide

To steer or navigate, especially a ship or as a pilot.
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Follow

To occur or be evident as a consequence; result
If you ignore your diet, trouble will follow.
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Guide

To exert control or influence over someone or something.
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Follow

To grasp the meaning or reasoning of something; understand.
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Guide

To supervise the education or training of someone.
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Follow

(Games) A billiards shot in which the cue ball is struck above center so that it follows the path of the object ball after impact.
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Guide

(intransitive) to act as a guide.
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Follow

(ambitransitive) To go after; to pursue; to move behind in the same path or direction, especially with the intent of catching.
Follow that car!
She left the room and I followed.
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Guide

To lead or direct in a way; to conduct in a course or path; to pilot; as, to guide a traveler.
I wish . . . you 'ld guide me to your sovereign's court.
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Follow

(ambitransitive) To go or come after in a sequence.
B follows A in the alphabet.
We both ordered the soup, with roast beef to follow.
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Guide

To regulate and manage; to direct; to order; to superintend the training or education of; to instruct and influence intellectually or morally; to train.
He will guide his affairs with discretion.
The meek will he guide in judgment.
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Follow

(transitive) To carry out (orders, instructions, etc.).
Follow these instructions to the letter.
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Guide

A person who leads or directs another in his way or course, as in a strange land; one who exhibits points of interest to strangers; a conductor; also, that which guides; a guidebook.
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Follow

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

One who, or that which, directs another in his conduct or course of life; a director; a regulator.
He will be our guide, even unto death.
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Follow

(transitive) To understand, to pay attention to.
Do you follow me?
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Guide

Any contrivance, especially one having a directing edge, surface, or channel, for giving direction to the motion of anything, as water, an instrument, or part of a machine, or for directing the hand or eye, as of an operator
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Follow

(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.
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Guide

A noncommissioned officer or soldier placed on the directing flank of each subdivision of a column of troops, or at the end of a line, to mark the pivots, formations, marches, and alignments in tactics.
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Follow

To subscribe to see content from an account on a social media platform.
If you want to see more of our articles, follow us on Twitter.
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Guide

Someone employed to conduct others
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Follow

(ambitransitive) To be a logical consequence of something.
It follows that if two numbers are not equal then one is larger than the other.
If you don't practise proper hygiene, illness is sure to follow.
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Guide

Someone who shows the way by leading or advising
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Follow

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

Something that offers basic information or instruction
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Follow

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

A model or standard for making comparisons
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Follow

(social media) The act of following another user's online activity.
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Guide

Someone who can find paths through unexplored territory
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Follow

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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Guide

Direct the course; determine the direction of travelling
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Follow

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.
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Guide

Take somebody somewhere;
We lead him to our chief
Can you take me to the main entrance?
He conducted us to the palace
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Follow

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.
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Guide

Be a guiding force, as with directions or advice;
The teacher steered the gifted students towards the more challenging courses
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Follow

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.
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Guide

Use as a guide;
They had the lights to guide on
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Follow

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

Guide or pass over something;
He ran his eyes over her body
She ran her fingers along the carved figurine
He drew her hair through his fingers
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Follow

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

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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Follow

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.
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Follow

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.
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Follow

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.
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Follow

To travel behind, go after, come after;
The ducklings followed their mother around the pond
Please follow the guide through the museum
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Follow

Be later in time;
Tuesday always follows Monday
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Follow

Come as a logical consequence; follow logically;
It follows that your assertion is false
The theorem falls out nicely
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Follow

Travel along a certain course;
Follow the road
Follow the trail
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Follow

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
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Follow

Come after in time, as a result;
A terrible tsunami followed the earthquake
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Follow

Behave in accordance or in agreement with;
Follow a pattern
Follow my example
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Follow

Be next;
Mary plays best, with John and Sue following
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Follow

Choose and follow; as of theories, ideas, policies, strategies or plans;
She followed the feminist movement
The candidate espouses Republican ideals
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Follow

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
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Follow

Imitate in behavior; take as a model;
Teenagers follow their friends in everything
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Follow

Follow, discover, or ascertain the course of development of something;
We must follow closely the economic development is Cuba
Trace the student's progress
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Follow

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
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Follow

Be the successor (of);
Carter followed Ford
Will Charles succeed to the throne?
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Follow

Perform an accompaniment to;
The orchestra could barely follow the frequent pitch changes of the soprano
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Follow

Keep informed;
He kept up on his country's foreign policies
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Follow

To be the product or result;
Melons come from a vine
Understanding comes from experience
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Follow

Accept and follow the leadership or command or guidance of;
Let's follow our great helmsman!
She followed a guru for years
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Follow

Adhere to or practice;
These people still follow the laws of their ancient religion
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Follow

Work in a specific place, with a specific subject, or in a specific function;
He is a herpetologist
She is our resident philosopher
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Follow

Keep under surveillance;
The police had been following him for weeks but they could not prove his involvement in the bombing
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Follow

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
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Follow

Grasp the meaning;
Can you follow her argument?
When he lectures, I cannot follow
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Follow

Keep to;
Stick to your principles
Stick to the diet
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