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)
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)
- 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.
Origin: OE. Foluwen, folwen, folgen, AS. Folgian, fylgean, fylgan; akin to D. Volgen, OHG. Folgn, G. Folgen, Icel. Fylgja, Sw. Folja, Dan. Folge, and perh. To E. Folk.
(01 Mar 1998)
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