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  4  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Follow  \Fol"low\,  n. 
  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. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Follow  \Fol"low\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Followed};  p.  pr  &  vb 
  n.  {Following}.][OE.  foluwen  folwen,  folgen  AS  folgian 
  fylgean  fylgan  akin  to  D.  volgen,  OHG.  folg?n,  G.  folgen 
  Icel.  fylgja  Sw  f["o]lja,  Dan.  f["o]lge,  and  perh.  to  E. 
  folk.] 
  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. 
 
  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. 
  --Knight. 
 
  {To  follow  the  hounds},  to  hunt  with  dogs. 
 
  {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. 
 
  Syn:  Syn.-  To  pursue;  chase;  go  after  attend;  accompany; 
  succeed;  imitate;  copy;  embrace;  maintain. 
 
  Usage:  -  To  {Follow},  {Pursue}.  To  follow  (v.t.)  denotes 
  simply  to  go  after  to  pursue  denotes  to  follow  with 
  earnestness,  and  with  a  view  to  attain  some  definite 
  object;  as  a  hound  pursues  the  deer.  So  a  person 
  follows  a  companion  whom  he  wishes  to  overtake  on  a 
  journey;  the  officers  of  justice  pursue  a  felon  who 
  has  escaped  from  prison. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Follow  \Fol"low\,  v.  i. 
  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. 
 
  Syn:  Syn.-  To  {Follow},  {Succeed},  {Ensue}. 
 
  Usage:  To  follow  (v.i.)  means  simply  to  come  after  as  a 
  crowd  followed.  To  succeed  means  to  come  after  in  some 
  regular  series  or  succession;  as  day  succeeds  to  day 
  and  night  to  night.  To  ensue  means  to  follow  by  some 
  established  connection  or  principle  of  sequence.  As 
  wave  follows  wave,  revolution  succeeds  to  revolution; 
  and  nothing  ensues  but  accumulated  wretchedness. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  follow 
  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}] 
  [ant:  {predate}] 
  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:  be  compliant;  go  along  with  act  in  agreement  with  "He 
  complied  with  my  instructions";  "You  must  comply  or  else!" 
  "Follow  these  simple  rules"  [syn:  {comply},  {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}, 
  {espouse}] 
  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"  [syn:  {trace}] 
  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},  {observe},  {watch 
  over},  {keep  an  eye  on}] 
  14:  be  the  successor  of  "Carter  followed  Ford"  [syn:  {succeed}, 
  {come  after}]  [ant:  {precede}] 
  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 
  for  years" 
  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";  "She  works  as  a  waitress  to  put 
  herself  through  law  school"  [syn:  {be},  {work}] 
  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}] 




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