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’

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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’

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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 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 inquiries into, inquire about, ask questions about, pursue, chase up
    informal check out
    North American informal scope out
    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