To come or go after; proceed behind: Follow the usher to your seat. To go after in or as if in pursuit: "The wrong she had done followed her and haunted her dream\u201d ( Katherine Anne Porter). To keep under surveillance: followed the suspect around town. To move along the course of; take: We followed a path to the shore. To go in the direction of; be guided by: followed the sun westward across the plains; followed the signs to the zoo. To accept the guidance, command, or leadership of: follow a spiritual master; rebels who refused to follow their commander. To adhere to; practice: followed family traditions. To take as a model or precedent; imitate: followed my example and resigned. To act in agreement or compliance with; obey: follow the rules; follow one's instincts. To keep to or stick to: followed the recipe; follow a diet. To engage in (a trade or occupation); work at. To come after in order, time, or position: Night follows day. To bring something about at a later time than or as a consequence of: She followed her lecture with a question-and-answer period. The band followed its hit record with a tour. To occur or be evident as a consequence of: Your conclusion does not follow your premise. To watch or observe closely: followed the bird through binoculars. To be attentive to; pay close heed to: too sleepy to follow the sermon. To keep oneself informed of the course, progress, or fortunes of: follow the stock market; followed the local teams. To grasp the meaning or logic of; understand: Do you follow my argument? To come, move, or take place after another person or thing in order or time. To occur or be evident as a consequence; result: If you ignore your diet, trouble will follow. To grasp the meaning or reasoning of something; understand. The act or an instance of following. Games A billiards shot in which the cue ball is struck above center so that it follows the path of the object ball after impact. follow along To move or proceed in unison or in accord with an example: followed along with the song. follow through Sports To carry a stroke to natural completion after hitting or releasing a ball or other object.