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Follow vs. Precede

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Followverb

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

‘Follow that car!’;

Precedeverb

(transitive) To go before, go in front of.

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.’;

Precedeverb

(transitive) To cause to be preceded; to preface; to introduce.

Followverb

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

‘Follow these instructions to the letter.’;

Precedeverb

(transitive) To have higher rank than (someone or something else).

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Followverb

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

Precedenoun

Brief editorial preface (usually to an article or essay)

Followverb

(transitive) To understand, to pay attention to.

‘Do you follow me?’;

Precedeverb

To go before in order of time; to occur first with relation to anything.

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.’;

Precedeverb

To go before in place, rank, or importance.

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Followverb

(transitive) To be a logical consequence of.

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

Precedeverb

To cause to be preceded; to preface; to introduce; - used with by or with before the instrumental object.

‘It is usual to precede hostilities by a public declaration.’;

Followverb

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

Precedeverb

be earlier in time; go back further;

‘Stone tools precede bronze tools’;

Follownoun

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

‘a follow shot’;

Precedeverb

come before;

‘Most English adjectives precede the noun they modify’;

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Follownoun

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

Precedeverb

be the predecessor of;

‘Bill preceded John in the long line of Susan's husbands’;

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.’;

Precedeverb

move ahead (of others) in time or space

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.’;

Precedeverb

furnish with a preface or introduction;

‘She always precedes her lectures with a joke’; ‘He prefaced his lecture with a critical remark about the institution’;

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.’;

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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