follow-v; 6 Senses

Sense Number 1: pursue, travel behind, travel along a path

Commentary: Syntax Is: NP1 FOLLOW NP2 (PP[directional])
NOTE: may be used metaphorically

The ducklings followed their mother around the pond.
He wished his reputation as a hothead would stop following him wherever he lived.
The charismatic guru had thousands following him.
He couldn't see well enough in the dark to follow the curves in the road
We were having trouble following his complex argument.
I couldn't follow the conductor's erratic tempos.
The FBI was not following the man who actually planted the bomb.
The police car followed the suspected attacker.

VerbNet: chase-51.6,comprehend-87.2-1,contiguous_location-47.8
FrameNet: Cotheme
PropBank: follow.01
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1, 4, 12, 15, 21, 23

Sense Number 2: come after (in time)

Commentary: Syntax includes: NP1[theme/agent] FOLLOW (NP2) Includes: FOLLOW UP

Tuesday always follows Monday.
A terrible tsunami followed the earthquake.
We'll be following the meal with a short speech by John.
Pay close attention to what follows.
Understanding usually follows experience.
The doctor followed up the surgery with a hefty dose of pain medication.
Her bad deed followed her.

VerbNet: temporal_configuration-48.3.2-1
FrameNet: Relative_time
PropBank: follow.01
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 2, 6, 8, 10, 14, 17, 22
WordNet Verb Particle Constructions, Multiword Expressions:
follow_up 2

Sense Number 3: comply, abide by, adopt

NOTE: stick to or stick with something Includes: FOLLOW SUIT
NOTE: No examples found for WordNet sense 20

Follow these simple rules.
He is trying to follow her example.
She is following the Atkins diet.
He is following a curriculum in the life sciences.
She followed a life of piety and abstinence.
John doesn't follow the strict practices of his religious upbringing.
I'd follow my instincts on that one, if I were you.
Everyone tends to follow suit.

VerbNet: adopt-93
FrameNet: Compliance
PropBank: follow.02,follow.06
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 5, 7, 9, 11, 18, 19, 20, 24
WordNet Verb Particle Constructions, Multiword Expressions:
follow_suit 1

Sense Number 4: take in, observe, watch

He has been following the war from a hotel in Baghdad.
The dog followed her with his big brown eyes.
Have you been following the Red Sox this season?

VerbNet: assessment-34.1
FrameNet: NM
PropBank: NM
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 13, 16

Sense Number 5: come as a logical consequence, be inferred

Does it follow that virtue is a product of belief in God?

VerbNet: NM
FrameNet: NM
PropBank: follow.05
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 3

Sense Number 6: carry further/advance (to completion)


After surgery, the doctor called me to follow up.
Will you follow up with Andrews on the Mcnair report?
He swung at the ball and followed through nicely.
If you promise me something, you'd better follow through.
She followed out the advice of a man named Cook.

VerbNet: interact-36.6
FrameNet: NM
PropBank: follow.07,follow.03
WordNet Verb Particle Constructions, Multiword Expressions:
follow_up 1
follow_up_on 1
follow_through 1, 2
follow_out 1