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Synonyms for follow
ˈfɒl oʊ

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. follow(verb)

    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, follow(verb)

    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 out(verb)

    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 along(verb)

    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 by(verb)

    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 after(verb)

    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 to(verb)

    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. follow(verb)

    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, espouse(verb)

    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. follow(verb)

    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, follow(verb)

    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, follow(verb)

    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 on(verb)

    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, follow(verb)

    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, follow(verb)

    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, follow(verb)

    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, follow(verb)

    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. follow(verb)

    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. follow(verb)

    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, follow(verb)

    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, survey(verb)

    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, follow(verb)

    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. follow(verb)

    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, follow(verb)

    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

Wiktionary

  1. follow(verb)

    Synonyms:
    trail, tail

    Antonyms:
    lead, guide

  2. follow(verb)

    Synonyms:
    succeed, ensue

    Antonyms:
    precede

  3. follow(verb)

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

    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

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. follow(v. a.)

    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. follow(v. a.)

    Synonyms:
    succeed, come next, tread close upon

  3. follow(v. a.)

    Synonyms:
    pursue, chase, run after, go after

  4. follow(v. a.)

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

  5. follow(v. a.)

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

  6. follow(v. a.)

    Synonyms:
    seek, cherish, cultivate, strive for

  7. follow(v. a.)

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

  8. follow(v. a.)

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

  9. follow(v. n.)

    Synonyms:
    come or go after

  10. follow(v. n.)

    Synonyms:
    succeed, come next

  11. follow(v. n.)

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

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