v 1: to travel behind, go after, come after; "The ducklings
followed their mother around the pond"; "Please follow
the guide through the museum" [ant: precede
2: be later in time; "Tuesday always follows Monday." [syn: postdate
3: come as a logical consequence; follow logically; "It follows
that your assertion is false"
4: travel along a certain course: "follow the road"; "follow
the trail" [syn: travel along
5: 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"
, abide by
6: come after in time, as a result; "A terrible tsunami
followed the earthquake" [syn: come after
7: behave in accordance or in agreement with; "Follow a
pattern"; "Follow my example" [syn: conform to
8: be next; "Mary plays best, with John and Sue following"
9: choose and follow; as of theories, ideas, policies,
strategies or plans; "She followed the feminist movement";
"The candidate espouses Republican ideals" [syn: adopt
10: 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"
11: imitate in behavior; take as a model; "Teenagers follow
their friends in everything" [syn: take after
12: follow, discover, or ascertain the course of development of
something; "We must follow closely the economic
development is Cuba" ; "trace the student's progress"
13: 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" [syn: watch
over}, keep an eye on
14: be the successor (of); "Carter followed Ford"; "Will Charles
succeed to the throne? [syn: succeed
, come after
15: perform an accompaniment to; "The orchestra could barely
follow the frequent pitch changes of the soprano" [syn: accompany
16: keep informed; "He kept up on his country's foreign
policies" [syn: keep up
, keep abreast
17: to be the product or result; "Melons come from a vine";
"Understanding comes from experience" [syn: come
18: accept and follow the leadership of command or guidance of;
"Let's follow our great helmsman!"; "She followed a guru
19: adhere to or practice; "These people still follow the laws
of their ancient religion"
20: work in a specific place, with a specific subject, or in a
specific function; "He is a herpetologist; "She is our
resident philosopher" [syn: be
21: keep under surveillance; "The police had been following him
for weeks but they could not prove his involvement in the
bombing" [syn: survey
22: 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" [syn: pursue
23: grasp the meaning; "Can you follow her argument?" "When he
lectures, I cannot follow"
24: keep to: "Stick to your principles"; "stick to the diet"
[syn: stick to
, stick with