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Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary
follow (verb)
transitive verb
1.
to go, proceed, or come after - followed the guide
2.
a) to engage in as a calling or way of life - pursue wheat-growing is generally followed here
b) to walk or proceed along - follow a path
3.
a) to be or act in accordance with - follow directions
b) to accept as authority - obey followed his conscience
4.
a) to pursue in an effort to overtake
b) to seek to attain - follow knowledge
5.
to come into existence or take place as a result or consequence of - disaster followed the blunder
6.
a) to come or take place after in time, sequence, or order
b) to cause to be - followed followed dinner with a liqueur
7.
to copy after - imitate
8.
a) to watch steadily - followed the flight of the ball
b) to keep the mind on - follow a speech
c) to attend closely to keep abreast of - followed his career with interest
intransitive verb
d) to understand the sense or logic of (as a line of thought)
1.
to go or come after a person or thing in place, time, or sequence
2.
to result or occur as a consequence, effect, or inference
follow (noun)
1.
the act or process of - following
2.
forward spin given to a ball by striking it above center - compare draw english
Merriam-Webster Online Thesaurus
follow (verb)
1.
to come after in time
SYNONIMS:
postdate, succeed, supervene
RELATED WORDS:
displace, replace, supersede, supplant; ensue
antedate, precede, predate
follow (verb)
2.
to go after or on the track of
SYNONIMS:
bird-dog, chase, course, dog, hound, pursue, run, shadow, tag, tail, trace, track, trail
RELATED WORDS:
accompany, chaperone ( chaperon), escort; hunt, search (for), seek; eye, observe, watch
run after
NEAR ANTONYMS:
head
guide, lead, pilot
follow (verb)
3.
to act according to the commands of
SYNONIMS:
adhere (to), comply (with), conform (to), follow, goose-step (to), mind, observe
RELATED WORDS:
defer (to), submit (to), surrender (to), yield (to); accede (to), acquiesce (to), agree (to), assent (to); attend, hear, heed, listen (to), mark, note, notice, regard, take, watch
NEAR ANTONYMS:
disoblige; challenge, dare; refuse, renounce, repudiate; direct, lead; brush off, disregard, ignore, overlook, overpass, pass over, tune out, wink (at); dismiss, pooh-pooh ( pooh), shrug off; breach, break, infringe, transgress, violate; deride, flout, mock, scoff (at), scorn; mutiny (against), revolt (against); buck, combat, contest, dispute, fight, oppose, resist, withstand
defy, disobey, rebel (against)
follow (verb)
4.
to make one's way through, across, or over
SYNONIMS:
course, cover, cross, cut (across), follow, go, navigate, pass (over), perambulate, peregrinate, proceed (along), track, transit, travel
RELATED WORDS:
hike, traipse, tramp, tread, walk; ride, run; crisscross
follow (verb)
5.
to take notice of and be guided by
SYNONIMS:
follow, listen (to), mind, note, observe, regard, watch
RELATED WORDS:
consider, contemplate, mull, ponder, weigh; comply (with), conform (to), keep, obey, respect; attend (to), hark (to), hear, hearken (to); mark, notice, see
NEAR ANTONYMS:
brush (aside off), discount, dismiss, gloss (over), gloze (over), neglect, pass over, pooh-pooh ( pooh), scorn, shrug off; defy, flout; slight, snub
disregard, ignore, tune out
follow (verb)
6.
to keep one's eyes on
SYNONIMS:
eye, follow, observe
RELATED WORDS:
behold, look, perceive, regard, see, view; gape, gawk, gaze, glare, goggle, look on, peer, rubberneck, stare; guard, wake, ward; bird-dog, monitor, study; spy; espy, glance, glimpse, peek, peep
NEAR ANTONYMS:
blink, wink
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