Follow

Definition of Follow

Fol´low
v. t.1.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.
[imp. & p. p. Followed ; p. pr. & vb. n. Following.]
It waves me forth again; I'll follow it.
- Shak.
2.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.
- Ex. xiv. 17.
3.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
- Milton.
Follow peace with all men.
- Heb. xii. 14.
It is most agreeable to some men to follow their reason; and to others to follow their appetites.
- J. Edwards.
4.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.
- Hooker.
5.To succeed in order of time, rank, or office.
6.To result from, as an effect from a cause, or an inference from a premise.
7.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.
- Dryden.
8.To walk in, as a road or course; to attend upon closely, as a profession or calling.
O, had I but followed the arts!
- Shak.
O Antony! I have followed thee to this.
- Shak.
Follow board
(Founding) a board on which the pattern and the flask lie while the sand is rammed into the flask.
To follow the hounds
to hunt with dogs.
- Knight.
To follow suit
(Card Playing) to play a card of the same suit as the leading card; hence, colloquially, to follow an example set.
To follow up
to pursue indefatigably.
v. i.1.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.
n.1.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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