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Synonyms for follow
ˈfɒl oʊfol·low

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Wiktionary

  1. followverb

    To go or come after in physical space.

    Follow that car!

    Synonyms:
    trail, tail

    Antonyms:
    guide, lead

  2. followverb

    To go or come after in a sequence.

    B follows A in the alphabet.

    Synonyms:
    ensue, succeed

    Antonyms:
    precede

  3. followverb

    To carry out in accordance to (orders, instructions, etc).

    Follow these instructions to the letter.

    Synonyms:
    pursue

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. follow

    Anything that comes after or goes after another, either in space or in time, is said to follow it. A servant follows or attends his master; a victorious general may follow the retiring enemy merely to watch and hold him in check; he chases or pursues with intent to overtake and attack; the chase is closer and hotter than the pursuit. (Compare synonyms for HUNT.) One event may follow another either with or without special connection; if it ensues, there is some orderly connection; as, the ensuing year; if it results from another, there is some relation of effect, consequence, or inference. A clerk observes his employer's directions. A child obeys his parent's commands, follows or copies his example, imitates his speech and manners. The compositor follows copy; the incoming succeeds the outgoing official.

    Synonyms:
    accompany, attend, chase, come after, copy, ensue, go after, heed, imitate, obey, observe, practise, pursue, result, succeed

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. follow

    Synonyms:
    pursue, chase, accompany, obey, imitate, succeed, result, ensue, attend, shadow, observe, copy

    Antonyms:
    avoid, elude, quit, disobey, precede, cause, produce, abandon, shun

Princeton's WordNet

  1. followverb

    to travel behind, go after, come after

    "The ducklings followed their mother around the pond"; "Please follow the guide through the museum"

    Synonyms:
    take after, watch, watch over, fall out, stick with, keep up, be, comply, succeed, adopt, observe, play along, abide by, travel along, come after, trace, surveil, accompany, come, postdate, pursue, keep abreast, stick to, survey, espouse, conform to, keep an eye on

    Antonyms:
    lead, precede

  2. postdate, followverb

    be later in time

    "Tuesday always follows Monday"

    Synonyms:
    take after, watch, watch over, fall out, stick with, keep up, be, comply, succeed, adopt, observe, play along, abide by, travel along, come after, trace, surveil, accompany, come, postdate, pursue, keep abreast, stick to, survey, espouse, conform to, keep an eye on

    Antonyms:
    lead, precede

  3. follow, fall outverb

    come as a logical consequence; follow logically

    "It follows that your assertion is false"; "the theorem falls out nicely"

    Synonyms:
    conform to, play along, espouse, watch, travel along, keep an eye on, fall out, pass off, adopt, survey, comply, come after, abide by, be, watch over, pursue, take after, keep up, happen, go on, keep abreast, occur, pass, take place, stick to, observe, surveil, succeed, accompany, come, postdate, trace, stick with, come out, hap, come about

    Antonyms:
    lead, precede

  4. follow, travel alongverb

    travel along a certain course

    "follow the road"; "follow the trail"

    Synonyms:
    take after, watch, watch over, fall out, stick with, keep up, be, comply, succeed, adopt, observe, play along, abide by, travel along, come after, trace, surveil, accompany, come, postdate, pursue, keep abreast, stick to, survey, espouse, conform to, keep an eye on

    Antonyms:
    precede, lead

  5. comply, follow, abide byverb

    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"

    Synonyms:
    take after, watch, watch over, fall out, stick with, keep up, be, comply, succeed, respect, honor, adopt, observe, play along, abide by, travel along, come after, trace, honour, surveil, accompany, come, postdate, pursue, keep abreast, stick to, survey, espouse, conform to, keep an eye on

    Antonyms:
    precede, lead

  6. follow, come afterverb

    come after in time, as a result

    "A terrible tsunami followed the earthquake"

    Synonyms:
    take after, watch, watch over, fall out, stick with, keep up, be, comply, succeed, adopt, observe, play along, abide by, travel along, come after, trace, surveil, accompany, come, postdate, pursue, keep abreast, stick to, survey, espouse, conform to, keep an eye on

    Antonyms:
    lead, precede

  7. follow, conform toverb

    behave in accordance or in agreement with

    "Follow a pattern"; "Follow my example"

    Synonyms:
    meet, fit, take after, watch, watch over, fall out, stick with, keep up, be, comply, succeed, adopt, observe, play along, abide by, travel along, come after, trace, surveil, accompany, come, postdate, pursue, keep abreast, stick to, survey, espouse, conform to, keep an eye on

    Antonyms:
    lead, precede

  8. followverb

    be next

    "Mary plays best, with John and Sue following"

    Synonyms:
    take after, watch, watch over, fall out, stick with, keep up, be, comply, succeed, adopt, observe, play along, abide by, travel along, come after, trace, surveil, accompany, come, postdate, pursue, keep abreast, stick to, survey, espouse, conform to, keep an eye on

    Antonyms:
    lead, precede

  9. adopt, follow, espouseverb

    choose and follow; as of theories, ideas, policies, strategies or plans

    "She followed the feminist movement"; "The candidate espouses Republican ideals"

    Synonyms:
    conform to, take in, embrace, play along, espouse, acquire, travel along, keep an eye on, fall out, sweep up, take, adopt, hook up with, borrow, comply, come after, assume, abide by, survey, take over, be, watch over, pursue, take after, keep up, get hitched with, get married, wed, watch, keep abreast, marry, stick to, observe, surveil, conjoin, dramatise, succeed, accompany, come, postdate, take on, trace, stick with, dramatize, take up

    Antonyms:
    lead, precede

  10. followverb

    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"

    Synonyms:
    take after, watch, watch over, fall out, stick with, keep up, be, comply, succeed, adopt, observe, play along, abide by, travel along, come after, trace, surveil, accompany, come, postdate, pursue, keep abreast, stick to, survey, espouse, conform to, keep an eye on

    Antonyms:
    precede, lead

  11. take after, followverb

    imitate in behavior; take as a model

    "Teenagers follow their friends in everything"

    Synonyms:
    take after, watch, watch over, fall out, stick with, keep up, be, comply, succeed, adopt, observe, play along, abide by, travel along, come after, trace, surveil, accompany, come, postdate, pursue, keep abreast, stick to, survey, espouse, conform to, keep an eye on

    Antonyms:
    precede, lead

  12. trace, followverb

    follow, discover, or ascertain the course of development of something

    "We must follow closely the economic development is Cuba" ; "trace the student's progress"

    Synonyms:
    conform to, play along, hunt, espouse, decipher, travel along, keep an eye on, hound, fall out, describe, adopt, survey, comply, come after, pursue, abide by, be, watch over, accompany, take after, keep up, watch, keep abreast, stick to, observe, surveil, line, succeed, draw, retrace, come, postdate, trace, stick with, delineate

    Antonyms:
    lead, precede

  13. watch, observe, follow, watch over, keep an eye onverb

    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"

    Synonyms:
    conform to, detect, take in, play along, postdate, come, espouse, travel along, keep an eye on, watch out, fall out, find, view, adopt, notice, come after, comply, keep, pursue, abide by, determine, see, find out, look on, be, remark, keep abreast, celebrate, watch over, stick with, take note, honor, take after, keep up, survey, watch, look out, stick to, observe, surveil, honour, mention, succeed, respect, accompany, ascertain, catch, maintain, trace, learn, discover, note, check

    Antonyms:
    precede, lead

  14. succeed, come after, followverb

    be the successor (of)

    "Carter followed Ford"; "Will Charles succeed to the throne?"

    Synonyms:
    keep up, take after, adopt, watch over, comply, stick with, keep an eye on, deliver the goods, be, travel along, win, come, observe, play along, abide by, come after, watch, trace, surveil, accompany, fall out, postdate, bring home the bacon, pursue, keep abreast, stick to, survey, come through, espouse, conform to, succeed

    Antonyms:
    precede, lead

  15. play along, accompany, followverb

    perform an accompaniment to

    "The orchestra could barely follow the frequent pitch changes of the soprano"

    Synonyms:
    conform to, company, play along, espouse, go along, travel along, keep an eye on, come with, fall out, adopt, survey, comply, come after, abide by, be, companion, watch over, pursue, take after, keep up, go with, watch, keep abreast, keep company, attach to, stick to, observe, surveil, succeed, accompany, come, postdate, trace, stick with

    Antonyms:
    lead, precede

  16. keep up, keep abreast, followverb

    keep informed

    "He kept up on his country's foreign policies"

    Synonyms:
    take after, adopt, watch over, fall out, pursue, keep up, conserve, comply, watch, be, come, observe, play along, abide by, travel along, come after, stick with, trace, surveil, accompany, sustain, maintain, postdate, succeed, keep abreast, stick to, survey, preserve, espouse, prolong, conform to, keep an eye on

    Antonyms:
    lead, precede

  17. come, followverb

    to be the product or result

    "Melons come from a vine"; "Understanding comes from experience"

    Synonyms:
    conform to, arrive, play along, descend, hail, espouse, get, travel along, keep an eye on, get along, fall out, fare, adopt, succeed, add up, come after, come in, abide by, survey, be, come up, watch over, fall, pursue, take after, keep up, do, observe, watch, keep abreast, occur, issue forth, make out, stick to, number, surveil, amount, derive, accompany, come, postdate, trace, total, stick with, comply

    Antonyms:
    lead, precede

  18. followverb

    accept and follow the leadership or command or guidance of

    "Let's follow our great helmsman!"; "She followed a guru for years"

    Synonyms:
    take after, watch, watch over, fall out, stick with, keep up, be, comply, succeed, adopt, observe, play along, abide by, travel along, come after, trace, surveil, accompany, come, postdate, pursue, keep abreast, stick to, survey, espouse, conform to, keep an eye on

    Antonyms:
    precede, lead

  19. followverb

    adhere to or practice

    "These people still follow the laws of their ancient religion"

    Synonyms:
    take after, watch, watch over, fall out, stick with, keep up, be, comply, succeed, adopt, observe, play along, abide by, travel along, come after, trace, surveil, accompany, come, postdate, pursue, keep abreast, stick to, survey, espouse, conform to, keep an eye on

    Antonyms:
    precede, lead

  20. be, followverb

    work in a specific place, with a specific subject, or in a specific function

    "He is a herpetologist"; "She is our resident philosopher"

    Synonyms:
    conform to, play along, embody, espouse, make up, travel along, keep up, personify, fall out, keep an eye on, adopt, survey, comply, come after, abide by, be, live, cost, watch over, pursue, take after, equal, exist, watch, keep abreast, represent, comprise, observe, surveil, succeed, accompany, come, postdate, trace, constitute, stick with, stick to

    Antonyms:
    lead, precede

  21. surveil, follow, surveyverb

    keep under surveillance

    "The police had been following him for weeks but they could not prove his involvement in the bombing"

    Synonyms:
    take after, watch, watch over, fall out, stick with, keep up, be, comply, succeed, appraise, adopt, observe, play along, abide by, travel along, come after, go over, trace, surveil, accompany, come, postdate, pursue, keep abreast, stick to, survey, espouse, review, conform to, keep an eye on

    Antonyms:
    precede, lead

  22. pursue, followverb

    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"

    Synonyms:
    conform to, play along, go after, espouse, travel along, keep an eye on, fall out, quest after, adopt, survey, comply, come after, abide by, follow up on, be, watch over, pursue, take after, keep up, prosecute, watch, keep abreast, act on, stick to, observe, surveil, succeed, accompany, come, postdate, trace, stick with, quest for, engage

    Antonyms:
    precede, lead

  23. followverb

    grasp the meaning

    "Can you follow her argument?"; "When he lectures, I cannot follow"

    Synonyms:
    take after, watch, watch over, fall out, stick with, keep up, be, comply, succeed, adopt, observe, play along, abide by, travel along, come after, trace, surveil, accompany, come, postdate, pursue, keep abreast, stick to, survey, espouse, conform to, keep an eye on

    Antonyms:
    lead, precede

  24. stick to, stick with, followverb

    keep to

    "Stick to your principles"; "stick to the diet"

    Synonyms:
    stick to, adopt, watch over, fall out, hold fast, stick with, keep an eye on, be, comply, adhere, come, observe, play along, abide by, travel along, come after, watch, trace, surveil, stick, accompany, take after, bind, postdate, keep up, succeed, keep abreast, survey, espouse, pursue, conform to, bond

    Antonyms:
    precede, lead

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. followverb

    Synonyms:
    come or go after or behind, go in the rear or in the wake of, tread in the steps of, tread on the heels of

  2. followverb

    Synonyms:
    succeed, come next, tread close upon

  3. followverb

    Synonyms:
    pursue, chase, run after, go after

  4. followverb

    Synonyms:
    attend, accompany, go along with, keep company with

  5. followverb

    Synonyms:
    obey, heed, observe, be guided by, conform to, yield to

  6. followverb

    Synonyms:
    seek, cherish, cultivate, strive for

  7. followverb

    Synonyms:
    practise, pursue, attend to, make the object of pursuit

  8. followverb

    Synonyms:
    imitate, copy, pattern after, copy after, take as an example

  9. followverb

    Synonyms:
    come or go after

  10. followverb

    Synonyms:
    succeed, come next

  11. followverb

    Synonyms:
    ensue, result, arise, proceed, flow, spring, issue

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. followverb

    Synonyms:
    succeed, chase, pursue, tag, dodge, result, proceed, flow, ensue, spring, issue, pursue, practice, engage in, trace, track, trail

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How to use follow in a sentence?

  1. Dominic Bunning:

    The reaction (to Greece) we are seeing on EM currencies is relatively muted. People still believe a deal will get done so they are not treating it as a completely risk-off scenario, the situation has been rolling on for a while and people have been bearish on emerging FX so we are not seeing a real follow through.

  2. Jamie Drummond:

    People must be able to follow the money, follow the metrics, to hold leaders accountable.

  3. Sabrina Singh:

    The campaign was explicitly clear that these posts were ads and sponsored content, we went above and beyond to follow Instagram's rules and the text of the post clearly shows these are the campaign's paid ads.

  4. Kim Davis:

    I want to start by thanking my Lord and my Savior Jesus Christ, because without him none of this would have ever been possible, for he is my strength that carries me and it is his mercies that follow me every day. And it is his love that endures all things.

  5. John Alexiou:

    You’re not going to buy your way into working with an innovator and influencer like Tim, to do that, entrepreneurs have to surround themselves with the right people, persevere and follow their hearts. Not to sound cliche, but that’s what it takes to get your idea through in the world.


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