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BNC: 186 COCA: 325


follow /ˈfɑːloʊ/ verb
follows; followed; following
follows; followed; following
Learner's definition of FOLLOW
: to go or come after or behind (someone or something)跟随;跟着
[+ object]
[no object]
[+ object] : to go after or behind (someone) secretly and watch to find out what happens跟踪
: to come after (something) in time or place or as part of a series(时间、空间或顺序)排在…后
[+ object]
[no object]
[+ object] : to have or do something after (something else)在…后做+ with
: to happen after and as a result of (something)在…后发生;因…而发生;由…引发
[+ object]
[no object]
[no object] : to be true or seem to be true because of something由此认为;由此得出;由此推断
often + that
[+ object]
: to be guided by (something)遵循;听从
: to do the same thing as (someone)追随;仿效
[+ object] : to move forward on (a road, a path, etc.)沿着(道路、小径等)走
often used figuratively常用作比喻
[+ object] of a road, path, etc. : to be on or next to (something) for a distance(道路、小径等)沿着…延伸
[+ object]
: to keep your eyes or attention on (something)注视;关注
: to give close attention to what happens in (something)密切关注(某事)
British : to be a fan of (a team) : support追随,支持(某队)
: to understand the sense or logic of (something or someone)理解;明白
[+ object]
[no object]

a hard/tough act to follow

: someone or something that has been so successful that it is very difficult for the person or thing coming next to be as good不能与之媲美的人(或事);难以企及的事

as follows

used to introduce a list, a statement, instructions, etc.(引出列表、陈述或说明等)如下

follow around

[phrasal verb] or British follow about
follow (someone) around/about
: to go wherever (someone) goes跟随,跟踪(某人)

follow in someone's footsteps

see footstep

follow someone's lead

see 2lead

follow suit

in card games : to play a card of the same suit (such as hearts or spades) as the card that was played just before跟牌(纸牌游戏中与上家出同样花色的牌)
: to do the same thing that someone else has just done跟着做;模仿

follow the path/line of least resistance

see resistance

follow through

[phrasal verb]
follow through or follow (something) through : to complete an activity or process that has been started(把…)进行到底;完成(已经开始的事)
often + on or with
sports : to keep your arms, legs, etc., moving after you hit or kick a ball : to complete a stroke or swing(击球或踢球后)做随球动作,完成顺势动作
see also follow-through

follow up

[phrasal verb]
follow up (something) or follow (something) up or follow up : to follow (something) with something similar, related, or additional(对…)采取进一步行动;(在…后)接着+ with or by
follow up (something) or follow (something) up or follow up or chiefly US follow up on (something)
: to try to get more information about (something)(对…)做进一步了解,了解更多的信息
: to do something in response to (something) : to take appropriate action about (something)(对…)采取行动,做出反应
see also follow-up

follow your nose

: to go in a straight or obvious course直走;沿大路走
: to proceed without a definite plan : to do what seems right or best without careful planning凭着感觉行事;凭直觉办事
: to go toward the place where a smell is coming from循味道而去
BNC: 186 COCA: 325


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fol·​low ˈfä-(ˌ)lō How to pronounce follow (audio)
followed; following; follows

transitive verb

: to go, proceed, or come after
followed the guide
: to engage in as a calling or way of life : pursue
wheat-growing is generally followed here
: to walk or proceed along
follow a path
: to be or act in accordance with
follow directions
: to accept as authority : obey
followed his conscience
: to pursue in an effort to overtake
Police followed the robbers attempting to escape.
: to seek to attain
follow knowledge
: to come into existence or take place as a result or consequence of
disaster followed the blunder
: to come or take place after in time, sequence, or order
A juggling act followed the singer.
: to cause to be followed
followed dinner with a liqueur
: to copy after : imitate
the new building follows the facades and roof lines of the original buildings Maxwell Mays
: to watch steadily
followed the flight of the ball
: to keep the mind on
follow a speech
: to attend closely to : keep abreast of
followed his career with interest
: to understand the sense or logic of (something, such as a line of thought)
I don't quite follow your thinking.
: to subscribe to the feed of (someone or something) especially on social media
Follow us on Facebook/Twitter.

intransitive verb

: to go or come after a person or thing in place, time, or sequence
If one sheep goes through the gate, the rest will follow.
: to result or occur as a consequence, effect, or inference
Just because he's done some bad things, does it follow that he is a bad person?


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: the act or process of following
: forward spin given to a ball by striking it above center compare draw, english
as follows
: as comes next
used impersonally
The names of the winners are as follows: Mary, James, and Sylvia.
follow one's nose
: to go in a straight or obvious course
Just follow your nose until you get there; you can't miss it.
: to proceed without plan or reflection : obey one's instincts
You don't need my advice—just follow your nose.
follow suit
: to play a card of the same suit as the card led
: to follow an example set
When one airline lowers its fares, the others usually follow suit.


Choose the Right Synonym for follow

follow, succeed, ensue, supervene mean to come after something or someone.

follow may apply to a coming after in time, position, or logical sequence.

speeches followed the dinner

succeed implies a coming after immediately in a sequence determined by natural order, inheritance, election, or laws of rank.

she succeeded her father as head of the business

ensue commonly suggests a logical consequence or naturally expected development.

after the talk a general discussion ensued

supervene suggests the following or beginning of something unforeseen or unpredictable.

unable to continue because of supervening circumstances

synonyms see in addition chase

Example Sentences

Verb She followed us into the kitchen. The dog followed the children home. The exit is right this way. Just follow me. The children went home and the dog followed behind. If one sheep goes through the gate, the rest will follow. The number 15 follows 14. Her accident was followed by a long period of recovery. First came the student speeches, and the presentation of awards followed. Rioting followed the unjust verdict. If you work hard, success will surely follow. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Scroll down to find out or follow our Ultimate Pac-12 Tour Guide in map form. Los Angeles Times, 8 Sep. 2022 When Will ordered a rosé, Kevin was thrilled to follow suit. Vijai Nathan, Washington Post, 8 Sep. 2022 Meanwhile, John's upcoming Tammy Faye will follow on the heels of his latest foray into the world of theatre: The Devil Wears Prada, The Musical, which opened on Aug. 8 in Chicago. Alexandra Schonfeld, Peoplemag, 8 Sep. 2022 As a whole, The Best Man franchise has delivered a story about Black characters that people got to grow with and follow over the decades. Alamin Yohannes, EW.com, 8 Sep. 2022 An increase in complaints led the agency and Department of Health and Human Services' Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to send a letter to nursing homes and their debt collectors reminding them to follow the law. Fatima Hussein, ajc, 8 Sep. 2022 One more tower is approved for 10 South Van Ness — that one will be 590 feet tall and include 980 apartments — and a few more could follow if the city passes its Hub rezoning. J.k. Dineen, San Francisco Chronicle, 8 Sep. 2022 This was just the first step on a list of strict protocols media organizations — such as the BBC — were obliged to follow in the event of the Queen’s death. Chloe Taylor, Fortune, 8 Sep. 2022 The Cuban minister said the government had no answer as to why Biden didn’t follow Obama’s opening to Cuba. Edith M. Lederer, BostonGlobe.com, 8 Sep. 2022
In the follow-up, Blanc travels to Greece to investigate a whole new band of suspects. Christi Carras, Los Angeles Times, 8 Sep. 2022 Queen Elizabeth rubbed elbows with the famous singer and actress at the film premiere of Funny Lady, the 1975 follow-up to the film Funny Girl. Stephanie Petit, Peoplemag, 8 Sep. 2022 The coalition report indicates that Rady now screens about 1,500 kids per week with between 25 to 30 receiving a follow-up. Paul Sisson, San Diego Union-Tribune, 8 Sep. 2022 Luca Guadagnino, who directed Timothée Chalamet in 2017's Call Me By Your Name, still wants to make a follow-up to the Oscar-winning film — just don't call it a sequel. Lauren Huff, EW.com, 7 Sep. 2022 Paramore’s sixth album will mark the follow-up to 2017’s After Laughter. Starr Bowenbank, Billboard, 7 Sep. 2022 Unanimous Media co-founder Erick Peyton said in a recent Sportico interview that the company already is working on a follow-up to the book and is exploring the possibility of translating the property to video as well. C.j. Holmes, San Francisco Chronicle, 6 Sep. 2022 Inspectors stated a follow-up inspection was required, but allowed the restaurant to reopen. Garfield Hylton, Orlando Sentinel, 6 Sep. 2022 Fossora is the follow-up to 2017’s Utopia, which was nominated for the best alternative album Grammy. Jonathan Cohen, SPIN, 6 Sep. 2022 See More

Word History


Verb and Noun

Middle English folwen, from Old English folgian; akin to Old High German folgēn to follow

First Known Use


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1


1661, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of follow was before the 12th century
BNC: 186 COCA: 325


1go after sb/sth跟在後面ADVERB | VERB + FOLLOW | PHRASES ADVERBclosely緊跟Johnson finished first, closely followed by Stevens and Higgins.約翰遜第一個衝過終點,史蒂文斯和希金斯緊隨其後。reluctantly不情願地跟隨dutifully, obediently順從地跟隨;聽話地跟着The dog followed obediently at her heels.那隻狗聽話地跟在她身後。blindly目不視物地跟隨She followed blindly, stumbling over stones in her path.她目不視物地跟着,被路上的石頭絆得跌跌撞撞。quietly, silently靜靜地/悄悄地跟隨slowly慢慢地跟隨on跟上You go ahead and we'll follow on later.你先走,我們隨後就來。VERB + FOLLOWbeckon sb to, beckon to sb to示意某人跟着She beckoned him to follow her.她示意讓他跟着。PHRASESbeing followed被跟隨As she walked home, she had the feeling she was being followed.走回家的路上,她總覺得有人在跟踪她。follow close behind (sb), follow right behind (sb)緊隨(⋯)之後Ray came out of the bedroom, Mary following close behind.雷從卧室裏走出來,瑪麗緊跟在他後面。


2happen after sth在之後發生ADVERB | PHRASES ADVERBclosely, quickly, shortly, soon, swiftly緊接着/沒過多久就/很快/迅速/馬上接着發生More information will follow shortly.更多信息馬上就會出現。directly, immediately, instantly緊接着in the period immediately following the election選舉後緊接着的一段時期裏PHRASES(be) followed by sth之後是⋯Any argument was always followed by a few days of silence.爭吵過後總會有幾天互不搭理。follow in the wake of sth隨⋯之後到來the workers' revolts that followed in the wake of the student uprising發生在學生動亂之後的工人暴動


3happen/be true as a result of sth引致;證實ADVERB | PREPOSITION ADVERBnot necessarily由此不一定得出⋯的結果It does not necessarily follow that sleep loss would cause these symptoms.由此不一定得出失眠會引起這些症狀的結論。logically從邏輯上得出⋯的結論naturally自然而然得出⋯的結果automatically必然得出⋯的結果PREPOSITION(on) from從⋯得出結論Several conclusions follow on from his statement.從他的敍述中可以得出一些結論。


4accept advice/instructions接受意見或指導ADVERBcarefully, to the letter仔細/嚴格聽從Follow my instructions very carefully.要認真聽從我的指令。dutifully, obediently順從地遵照;聽話地服從


5copy以⋯為藍本ADVERB | VERB + FOLLOW | PHRASES ADVERBfaithfully忠實於The movie follows the book faithfully.這部電影忠實於原著。blindly, slavishly盲從It wasn't in his nature to follow blindly.盲從不是他的性格。slavishly following the views of his teachers盲目照搬他老師的觀點VERB + FOLLOWbe expected to, be likely to預計將效仿;很有可能仿效Other companies are likely to follow Z-Quest in applying for an exemption.其他公司很有可能仿效 Z-Quest 公司申請豁免。PHRASESfollow in sb's footsteps步某人的後塵He wanted to follow in his mother's footsteps and be a ballroom dancer.他想像他母親那樣,以跳交際舞為業。follow in the tradition of sb/sth遵從⋯的傳統How do you feel your writing follows in the tradition of the South?你認為你的文章在哪些方面遵循了南方的寫作風格?follow suit (= act or behave in the way that sb else has just done) 照着做


6understand sth理解ADVERB | VERB + FOLLOW ADVERBnot quite不是很明白I'm sorry, but I don't quite follow you (= understand what you are saying).很抱歉,我不太明白你的意思。VERB + FOLLOWbe easy to容易理解be difficult to, be hard to, be impossible to難以理解;根本無法讓人理解His argument was difficult to follow.他的論點很難讓人理解。

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