1 go after sb/sth
ADV. closely Johnson finished first, closely followed by Stevens and Higgins. | dutifully, obediently The dog followed obediently at her heels. | blindly She followed blindly, stumbling over stones in her path. | on You go ahead and we'll follow on later.
VERB + FOLLOW beckon (to) sb to She beckoned him to follow her.
2 happen after sth
ADV. closely, quickly, shortly, swiftly The next programme will follow shortly. | immediately in the period immediately following the election
3 happen/be true as a result of sth
ADV. not necessarily It does not necessarily follow that sleep loss would cause these symptoms.
PREP. (on) from Several conclusions follow on from his statement.
4 accept advice/instructions
ADV. carefully Follow my instructions very carefully. | dutifully, obediently
ADV. faithfully The film follows the book faithfully. | blindly, slavishly It wasn't in his nature to follow blindly. slavishly following the views of his teachers
VERB + FOLLOW be expected to, be likely to Banks are expected to follow the building societies in raising mortgage rates.
PHRASES follow suit (figurative) (= act or behave in the way that sb else has just done)
6 understand sth
ADV. not quite I'm sorry, but I don't quite follow you (= understand what you are saying).
VERB + FOLLOW be easy to | be difficult to, be hard to, be impossible to His argument was difficult to follow.