Follow vs. Track - What's the difference?

Wiktionary

  • Follow (verb)

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

    "Follow that car!"

  • Follow (verb)

    To go or come after in a sequence.

    "B follows A in the alphabet."

    "We both ordered the soup, with roast beef to follow."

  • Follow (verb)

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

    "Follow these instructions to the letter."

  • Follow (verb)

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

  • Follow (verb)

    To understand, to pay attention to.

    "Do you follow me?"

  • Follow (verb)

    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."

  • Follow (verb)

    To be a logical consequence of.

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

  • Follow (verb)

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

  • Follow (noun)

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

    "a follow shot"

  • Follow (noun)

    The act of following another user's online activity.

  • Track (noun)

    A mark left by something that has passed along.

    "Follow the track of the ship."

    "Can you see any tracks in the snow?"

  • Track (noun)

    A mark or impression left by the foot, either of man or animal.

    "The fox tracks were still visible in the snow."

  • Track (noun)

    The entire lower surface of the foot; said of birds, etc.

  • Track (noun)

    A road or other similar beaten path.

    "Follow the track for a hundred metres."

  • Track (noun)

    Physical course; way.

    "Astronomers predicted the track of the comet."

  • Track (noun)

    A path or course laid out for a race, for exercise, etc.

    "The athletes ran round the track."

  • Track (noun)

    The direction and progress of someone or something; path.

  • Track (noun)

    The way or rails along which a train moves.

    "They briefly closed the railway to remove debris found on the track."

  • Track (noun)

    A tract or area, such as of land.

  • Track (noun)

    Awareness of something, especially when arising from close monitoring.

  • Track (noun)

    The distance between two opposite wheels on a same axletree (also track width)

  • Track (noun)

    Short for caterpillar track.

  • Track (noun)

    The pitch.

  • Track (noun)

    Sound stored on a record.

  • Track (noun)

    The physical track on a record.

  • Track (noun)

    A song or other relatively short piece of music, on a record, separated from others by a short silence

    "My favourite track on the album is "Sunshine"."

  • Track (noun)

    A circular (never-ending) data storage unit on a side of magnetic or optical disk, divided into sectors.

  • Track (noun)

    The racing events of track and field; track and field in general.

    "I'm going to try out for track next week."

  • Track (noun)

    A session talk on a conference.

  • Track (verb)

    To continue observing over time.

  • Track (verb)

    To observe the (measured) state of a person or object over time.

    "We will track the raven population over the next six months."

  • Track (verb)

    To monitor the movement of a person or object.

    "Agent Miles has been tracking the terrorist since Madrid."

  • Track (verb)

    To match the movement or change of a person or object.

    "My height tracks my father's at my age, so I might end up as tall as him."

  • Track (verb)

    To travel so that a moving object remains in shot.

    "The camera tracked the ball even as the field of play moved back and forth, keeping the action in shot the entire time."

  • Track (verb)

    To follow the tracks of.

    "My uncle spent all day tracking the deer, whose hoofprints were clear in the mud."

  • Track (verb)

    To move.

    "The hurricane tracked further west than expected."

  • Track (verb)

    To discover the location of a person or object.

    "I tracked Joe to his friend's bedroom, where he had spent the night."

  • Track (verb)

    To create a musical recording (a track).

    "Lil Kyle is gonna track with that DJ next week.''"

  • Track (verb)

    To leave in the form of tracks.

    "In winter, my cat tracks mud all over the house."

Oxford Dictionary

  • Follow (verb)

    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"

  • Follow (verb)

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

    "the KGB man followed her everywhere"

  • Follow (verb)

    strive after; aim at

    "I follow fame"

  • Follow (verb)

    go along (a route or path).

  • Follow (verb)

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

    "the road follows the track of the railway line"

  • Follow (verb)

    trace the movement or direction of

    "she followed his gaze, peering into the gloom"

  • Follow (verb)

    come after in time or order

    "the rates are as follows"

    "the six years that followed his restoration"

  • Follow (verb)

    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"

  • Follow (verb)

    be a logical consequence of something

    "it thus follows from this equation that the value must be negative"

  • Follow (verb)

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

    "they follow their March show with four UK dates next month"

  • Follow (verb)

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

    "turkey was followed by dessert"

  • Follow (verb)

    act according to (an instruction or precept)

    "he has difficulty in following written instructions"

  • Follow (verb)

    conform to

    "the film faithfully follows Shakespeare's plot"

  • Follow (verb)

    act according to the lead or example of (someone)

    "he follows Aristotle in believing this"

  • Follow (verb)

    treat as a teacher or guide

    "those who seek to follow Jesus Christ"

  • Follow (verb)

    pay close attention to

    "I've been following this discussion closely"

  • Follow (verb)

    take an active interest in or be a supporter of

    "supporters who have followed the club through thick and thin"

  • Follow (verb)

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

    "the book follows the life and career of Henry Clay"

  • Follow (verb)

    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"

  • Follow (verb)

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

    "I still don't follow you"

  • Follow (verb)

    practise (a trade or profession).

  • Follow (verb)

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

    "she followed a strict diet"

Webster Dictionary

  • 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.

  • Follow

    To endeavor to overtake; to go in pursuit of; to chase; to pursue; to prosecute.

  • 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.

  • Follow

    To copy after; to take as an example.

  • Follow

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

  • Follow

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

  • 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.

  • Follow

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

  • Follow (verb)

    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.

  • Follow (noun)

    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.

  • Track (noun)

    A mark left by something that has passed along; as, the track, or wake, of a ship; the track of a meteor; the track of a sled or a wheel.

  • Track (noun)

    A mark or impression left by the foot, either of man or beast; trace; vestige; footprint.

  • Track (noun)

    The entire lower surface of the foot; - said of birds, etc.

  • Track (noun)

    A road; a beaten path.

  • Track (noun)

    Course; way; as, the track of a comet.

  • Track (noun)

    A path or course laid out for a race, for exercise, etc.

  • Track (noun)

    The permanent way; the rails.

  • Track (noun)

    A tract or area, as of land.

  • Track

    To follow the tracks or traces of; to pursue by following the marks of the feet; to trace; to trail; as, to track a deer in the snow.

  • Track

    To draw along continuously, as a vessel, by a line, men or animals on shore being the motive power; to tow.

Princeton's WordNet

  • Follow (verb)

    to travel behind, go after, come after;

    "The ducklings followed their mother around the pond"

    "Please follow the guide through the museum"

  • Follow (verb)

    be later in time;

    "Tuesday always follows Monday"

  • Follow (verb)

    come as a logical consequence; follow logically;

    "It follows that your assertion is false"

    "the theorem falls out nicely"

  • Follow (verb)

    travel along a certain course;

    "follow the road"

    "follow the trail"

  • Follow (verb)

    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"

  • Follow (verb)

    come after in time, as a result;

    "A terrible tsunami followed the earthquake"

  • Follow (verb)

    behave in accordance or in agreement with;

    "Follow a pattern"

    "Follow my example"

  • Follow (verb)

    be next;

    "Mary plays best, with John and Sue following"

  • Follow (verb)

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

    "She followed the feminist movement"

    "The candidate espouses Republican ideals"

  • Follow (verb)

    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"

  • Follow (verb)

    imitate in behavior; take as a model;

    "Teenagers follow their friends in everything"

  • Follow (verb)

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

    "We must follow closely the economic development is Cuba"

    "trace the student's progress"

  • Follow (verb)

    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"

  • Follow (verb)

    be the successor (of);

    "Carter followed Ford"

    "Will Charles succeed to the throne?"

  • Follow (verb)

    perform an accompaniment to;

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

  • Follow (verb)

    keep informed;

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

  • Follow (verb)

    to be the product or result;

    "Melons come from a vine"

    "Understanding comes from experience"

  • Follow (verb)

    accept and follow the leadership or command or guidance of;

    "Let's follow our great helmsman!"

    "She followed a guru for years"

  • Follow (verb)

    adhere to or practice;

    "These people still follow the laws of their ancient religion"

  • Follow (verb)

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

    "He is a herpetologist"

    "She is our resident philosopher"

  • Follow (verb)

    keep under surveillance;

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

  • Follow (verb)

    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"

  • Follow (verb)

    grasp the meaning;

    "Can you follow her argument?"

    "When he lectures, I cannot follow"

  • Follow (verb)

    keep to;

    "Stick to your principles"

    "stick to the diet"

  • Track (noun)

    a line or route along which something travels or moves;

    "the hurricane demolished houses in its path"

    "the track of an animal"

    "the course of the river"

  • Track (noun)

    evidence pointing to a possible solution;

    "the police are following a promising lead"

    "the trail led straight to the perpetrator"

  • Track (noun)

    a pair of parallel rails providing a runway for wheels

  • Track (noun)

    a course over which races are run

  • Track (noun)

    a distinct selection of music from a recording or a compact disc;

    "he played the first cut on the cd"

    "the title track of the album"

  • Track (noun)

    an endless metal belt on which tracked vehicles move over the ground

  • Track (noun)

    (computer science) one of the circular magnetic paths on a magnetic disk that serve as a guide for writing and reading data

  • Track (noun)

    a groove on a phonograph recording

  • Track (noun)

    a bar or bars of rolled steel making a track along which vehicles can roll

  • Track (noun)

    any road or path affording passage especially a rough one

  • Track (noun)

    the act of participating in an athletic competition involving running on a track

  • Track (verb)

    carry on the feet and deposit;

    "track mud into the house"

  • Track (verb)

    observe or plot the moving path of something;

    "track a missile"

  • Track (verb)

    go after with the intent to catch;

    "The policeman chased the mugger down the alley"

    "the dog chased the rabbit"

  • Track (verb)

    travel across or pass over;

    "The caravan covered almost 100 miles each day"

  • Track (verb)

    make tracks upon

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