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British pronunciation/fˈɒlə‍ʊ/
American pronunciation/ˈfɑɫoʊ/
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to move or travel behind someone or something

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1.1

to accompany someone or something

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She followed her sister everywhere.
Follow me to the park.
I'll follow you to the store.
1.2

to go or move along a particular path, route, river, etc.

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We followed the riverbank for miles.
She followed the dog's tracks in the snow.
Follow the trail through the forest to reach the lake.
You need to follow the river downstream to find the hidden cave.
1.3

to go after a particular person to watch or monitor their actions

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The detective followed the suspect all day.
The paparazzi followed the celebrity everywhere she went.
The police followed the suspicious car as it sped through the city streets.
We realized we were being followed when the same car appeared behind us every day.
1.4

to pursue the direction or movement of someone or something

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She followed the scent of fresh-baked bread to the bakery.
The cat followed the laser pointer, darting around the room.
He followed her gaze, noticing the beautiful sunset on the horizon.
He followed her eyes, spotting the bird in the tree.
She followed his hand, watching as he pointed to the distant mountain.
1.5

(of a path, road, etc.) to go in the same direction as something else or in parallel with something else

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The hiking trail follows the ridge of the mountain.
The railway line follows the path of the old trade route.
The bike path follows the shoreline of the lake.
The highway follows the coastline for most of the journey.
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to act accordingly to someone or something's advice, commands, or instructions

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to conform and adhere to the principles, practices, or guidelines established by someone or something

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The TV series follows the novel's storyline closely.
They follow the traditions and customs of their cultural heritage.
They follow the teachings of their spiritual leader.
She follows a vegan lifestyle, avoiding all animal products.
She follows Islam and observes the five pillars of faith.
2.2

to do the same as another person or thing

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One student started a recycling initiative, and soon others in the school followed suit.
The teacher implemented a new teaching method, and other educators followed her innovative approach.
The company introduced flexible work hours, and other organizations followed their lead.
She made a bold career change, and some of her colleagues followed.
The trendsetter wore a unique fashion style, and soon others began to follow her fashion choices.
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to come after another thing or person in order or time

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to be a direct or logical consequence of something

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If the road is blocked, it follows that we need to find an alternative route.
It doesn't necessarily follow that eating chocolate leads to weight gain.
Attending the seminar does not automatically follow that you'll gain all the knowledge you need.
It's unclear how her promotion follows from her recent performance.
3.2

to do a particular thing after something else

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They follow their successful album release with a series of international concerts.
After you finish reading the chapter, follow it with a short reflection.
Give your presentation and follow it with a question-and-answer session.
Please fill out the application form and follow it with your resume.
After completing the marathon, she followed it with a triumphant victory dance.
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to pay great attention to someone or something by watching or listening

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to subscribe to a person or organization's account on a social media platform to check everything that they post or publish

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We should follow that organization on LinkedIn for updates on job opportunities.
He follows several news outlets on Facebook to stay informed about current events.
I follow my favorite bands on Instagram to stay updated on their latest music releases.
I highly recommend following that artist on YouTube.
If you follow our company's Instagram account, you'll get exclusive sneak peeks of our upcoming products.
4.2

(of a novel, movie, etc.) to be on the subject of the life or development of a particular person or thing

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The book follows the rise and fall of a powerful political figure in a fictional world.
The novel follows the protagonist's transformation from a shy introvert to a confident leader.
The documentary follows the lives of endangered species in their natural habitats.
The movie follows the journey of a young musician striving for success in the music industry.
The TV series follows the trials and tribulations of a group of friends living in a bustling city.
4.3

to take an interest in something and its development or progress

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Have you been following the developments in the scientific research field?
Have you been following the World Cup matches?
They've been following the progress of their favorite TV series religiously.
She has been following the presidential election closely.
In his free time, he follows the New York Yankees and never misses a game.
4.4

to understand something such as an explanation, story, or the meaning of something

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I couldn't follow the professor's complex explanation of quantum physics.
Sorry, I don't follow what you're saying.
The plot of the movie was so confusing that it was almost impossible to follow.
The book's narrative was easy to follow, making it a quick and enjoyable read.
The speaker's accent was strong, making it hard to follow their presentation.
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to click on a particular link on the Internet

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to be in a certain occupation or profession

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to happen or develop in a specific manner

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The team followed their leader up the mountain.
The procession moved slowly, and the crowd respectfully followed behind.
She entered the room, and her dog followed obediently.
The children giggled as they followed the leader in a game of "Simon says."
The car in front suddenly stopped, and I had to slam on the brakes to avoid following too closely.
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