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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典


From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Fol·low v. t. [imp. & p. p. Followed p. pr. & vb. n. Following.]
 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:- 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.