Synonyms of follow in English:

follow


See definition of follow

verb

1‘I'll go with you and we'll let the others follow’

SYNONYMS

come behind, come after, go behind, go after, walk behind, tread on the heels of

ANTONYMS

lead

2‘he was expected to follow his father in the business’

SYNONYMS

take the place of, replace, succeed, take over from, supersede, supplant

informal step into someone's shoes, fill someone's boots, fill someone's shoes

3‘loads of people used to follow the band around’

SYNONYMS

accompany, go along with, go around with, travel with, escort, attend, trail around with

informal tag along with, string along with

ANTONYMS

lead

4‘the KGB man followed her everywhere’

SYNONYMS

shadow, trail, pursue, chase, stalk, hunt, track, dog, hound, course

give chase to, be hot on someone's heels

informal tail

5‘always follow the manufacturer's guidelines’

SYNONYMS

act in accordance with, abide by, adhere to, stick to, keep to, comply with, conform to, obey, observe, heed, pay attention to, note, have regard to, mind, bear in mind, take to heart, be guided by, accept, yield to, defer to, respect

ANTONYMS

flout

6‘a new way of life followed from contact with Europeans’

SYNONYMS

result, arise, develop, ensue, emanate, issue, proceed, spring, flow, originate, stem

be a consequence of, be caused by, be brought about by, be produced by, be a result of, come after

ANTONYMS

lead to

7‘he said something complicated and I couldn't follow it’

SYNONYMS

understand, comprehend, apprehend, take in, grasp, fathom, appreciate, keep up with, see

informal make head or tail of, latch on to, catch on to, tumble to, get, get the hang of, figure out, get one's head around, get one's mind around, take on board, get the picture, get the drift, get the message, see the light

British informal suss out

North American informal savvy

rare cognize

ANTONYMS

misunderstand

8‘Rembrandt's last pupil followed the style of his master’

SYNONYMS

imitate, copy, mimic, ape, reproduce, mirror, echo

emulate, take as a pattern, take as an example, take as a model, adopt the style of, style oneself on, model oneself on

informal take a leaf out of someone's book

9‘he follows Manchester United’

SYNONYMS

be a fan of, be a supporter of, support, be a follower of, be an admirer of, be a devotee of, be devoted to

be interested in, cultivate an interest in

ANTONYMS

dislike


Phrases

    follow something through

      ‘they lack the resources to follow the project through’

      SYNONYMS

      complete, bring to completion, bring to a finish, continue to the end, see something through

      continue with, carry on with, keep on with, keep going with, stay with

      informal

      stick something out

      ANTONYMS

      abandon

    follow something up

      ‘I've had one of my hunches and I'm going to follow it up’

      SYNONYMS

      investigate, research, find out about, look into, dig into, delve into, make enquiries into, enquire about, ask questions about, pursue, chase up

      informal

      check out

      North American informal

      scope out