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To apply or direct oneself; take action:
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  1. To apply or direct oneself; take action:
  2. To accompany as a circumstance or follow as a result:
  3. To give the required care or attention (to)
To come or occur after; follow
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  1. To come or occur after; follow
  2. To come after and take the place of:
  3. To come after (something) in time or order; follow:
To take place afterward or as a result.
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  1. To take place afterward or as a result.
  2. To come afterward; follow immediately
  3. To happen as a consequence; result
To provide a substitute or equivalent for
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  1. To provide a substitute or equivalent for
  2. To take the place of or fill the role of:
  3. To provide a substitute for (something broken or unsatisfactory, for example):
To usurp the place of, especially through intrigue or underhanded tactics:
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  1. To usurp the place of, especially through intrigue or underhanded tactics:
  2. To take the place of or substitute for (another):
  3. To remove or uproot in order to replace with something else
To be subsequent to
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  1. To be subsequent to
  2. To write such a date on
  3. To assign an effective date to a document or action later than the actual date
(Idiomatic) To be last in a moving line of people, to walk or go behind others in a line.
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  1. (Idiomatic) To be last in a moving line of people, to walk or go behind others in a line.
To participate in a tailgate party.
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  1. To participate in a tailgate party.
  2. To picnic at or near one's automobile or in a parking lot, as before a sporting event
  3. To drive so closely behind (another vehicle) that one cannot stop or swerve with ease in an emergency.
(Idiomatic) To accompany, join, or follow; to go with.
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  1. (Idiomatic) To accompany, join, or follow; to go with.
To be or become the same or similar
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  1. To be or become the same or similar
  2. To behave in a conventional way, esp. in accepting without question customs, traditions, prevailing opinion, etc.
  3. To act, often unquestioningly, in accordance with traditional customs or prevailing standards:
To say something; make a comment or remark:
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  1. To say something; make a comment or remark:
  2. To watch or be present without participating actively:
  3. To be or become aware of, especially through careful and directed attention; notice:
To copy exactly; reproduce:
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  1. To copy exactly; reproduce:
  2. To use or follow as a model:
  3. To copy (mannerisms or speech):
To hear clearly or understand something said by radio communication:
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  1. To hear clearly or understand something said by radio communication:
  2. To follow as a model or pattern; imitate.
  3. To include as an additional recipient of a written communication:
(Idiomatic) To resemble (a parent or ancest) in appearance or habit.
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  1. (Idiomatic) To resemble (a parent or ancest) in appearance or habit.
  2. To follow someone's example
To flip or reveal (coins) as a form of gambling or to decide something contested, the winner being determined by the combination of faces thus exposed
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  1. To flip or reveal (coins) as a form of gambling or to decide something contested, the winner being determined by the combination of faces thus exposed
  2. To find or produce a counterpart to:
  3. To adapt or suit so that a balanced or harmonious result is achieved; cause to correspond:
To reflect, as in a mirror; give or show a likeness of
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  1. To reflect, as in a mirror; give or show a likeness of
  2. An object that causes light or other radiation to be reflected from its surface, with little or no diffusion. Common mirrors consist of a thin sheet or film of metal, such as silver, behind or covering a glass pane. Mirrors are used extensively in telescopes, microscopes, lasers, fiber optics, measuring instruments, and many other devices.
  3. To reflect in or as if in a mirror:
(Intransitive) To think seriously; to ponder or consider.
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  1. (Intransitive) To think seriously; to ponder or consider.
  2. To mirror, or show the image of something.
  3. To give something back, as light or sound:
To copy or imitate so as to ridicule; mock:
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  1. To copy or imitate so as to ridicule; mock:
  2. To produce (symptoms) like those produced by a different disease.
  3. To copy or imitate closely, especially in speech, expression, and gesture:
(Idiomatic) To follow an example; to imitate
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  1. (Idiomatic) To follow an example; to imitate
  2. (Card games) To play a card of the same suit as the previous or leading card
To strive to equal or excel, especially through imitation:
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  1. To strive to equal or excel, especially through imitation:
  2. To try, often by imitating or copying, to equal or surpass
  3. (Comput.) To use an emulator to perform the functions of
To carry out the instructions or orders of
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  1. To carry out the instructions or orders of
  2. To carry out (an instruction or order)
  3. To carry out or comply with (a command, for example).
To accept a decision or law and act in accordance with it; to conform to; to acquiesce.
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  1. To accept a decision or law and act in accordance with it; to conform to; to acquiesce.
  2. To remain faithful to something or someone; to stand to; to adhere.
To pay close attention to; take careful notice of
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  1. To pay close attention to; take careful notice of
  2. To pay attention to; listen to and consider:
(Idiomatic) To keep somebody falsely believing that one has certain intentions.
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  1. (Idiomatic) To keep somebody falsely believing that one has certain intentions.
(Archaic) To fulfill; to accomplish.
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  1. (Archaic) To fulfill; to accomplish.
  2. To yield assent; to accord; agree, or acquiesce; to adapt one's self; to consent or conform.
  3. To act in accordance (with a request, order, rule, etc.)
To bring things into harmony, or to make things compatible.
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  1. To bring things into harmony, or to make things compatible.
  2. To be in harmony; accord; agree
  3. To add chords to (a melody) so as to form a harmony
To be in agreement, unity, or harmony.
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  1. To be in agreement, unity, or harmony.
  2. (Archaic) To cause to conform or agree; bring into harmony.
  3. To give or grant, especially as being due or appropriate:
To be of assistance to or promote the interests of; aid:
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  1. To be of assistance to or promote the interests of; aid:
  2. To provide (customers, clients, or users) with goods or services, esp. professional services
  3. To do services or duties for; give service to; aid; assist; help
To verify; to make good; to substantiate; to establish; to sustain.
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  1. To verify; to make good; to substantiate; to establish; to sustain.
  2. To keep from falling in value, as by government purchases:
  3. To be accountable for, or involved with, but not responsible for.
(Informal) To go hurriedly; rush:
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  1. (Informal) To go hurriedly; rush:
  2. To put to flight; drive:
  3. To follow quickly or persistently in order to catch or harm
To allow to drag or stream behind, as along the ground:
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  1. To allow to drag or stream behind, as along the ground:
  2. To move, walk, go along, etc. wearily, heavily, or slowly; crawl; drag
  3. To follow the tracks of; track
To plot the path of and record data from (an aircraft, spacecraft, missile, etc.) using radar, a telescope, etc.
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  1. To plot the path of and record data from (an aircraft, spacecraft, missile, etc.) using radar, a telescope, etc.
  2. To run in the same (width) track
  3. To equip with a track.
To follow or pursue (another person) persistently in a harassing and, typically, obsessive way
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  1. To follow or pursue (another person) persistently in a harassing and, typically, obsessive way
  2. To pursue or track (prey) stealthily:
  3. To track prey or quarry.
To pay attention to; listen to and consider:
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  1. To pay attention to; listen to and consider:
  2. To pay close attention to; take careful notice of
To consider, look upon (something) in a given way etc. [from 16th c.]
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  1. To consider, look upon (something) in a given way etc. [from 16th c.]
  2. To relate or refer to; concern:
  3. To have relation to; concern; have reference to
(Idiomatic) To watch and pay attention to.
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  1. (Idiomatic) To watch and pay attention to.
To manage to remain beside or just behind someone or something that is moving away from one.
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  1. To manage to remain beside or just behind someone or something that is moving away from one.
  2. (Figuratively) To manage to remain up to date with trends, fashions, etc.
  3. To manage to follow an argument, a discussion, etc.
To have as part of something larger; encompass or include.
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  1. To have as part of something larger; encompass or include.
  2. To take in the meaning, nature, or importance of; grasp.
  3. To grasp mentally; understand
To stop (oneself) from doing an action:
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  1. To stop (oneself) from doing an action:
  2. To become affected by or infused with:
  3. To get (something required), usually quickly or for a brief period:
To grip; to take hold, particularly with the hand.
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  1. To grip; to take hold, particularly with the hand.
  2. ​To understand.
  3. To reach for and try to seize
To end in a particular way:
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  1. To end in a particular way:
  2. To happen as a consequence:
  3. To happen or issue as a consequence or effect
To take place afterward or as a result.
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  1. To take place afterward or as a result.
  2. To come afterward; follow immediately
  3. To happen as a consequence; result
To occur unexpectedly, by chance or with a low probability.
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  1. To occur unexpectedly, by chance or with a low probability.
  2. To come to pass:
  3. To be or occur by chance or without plan
To become affected with a disease; contract.
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  1. To become affected with a disease; contract.
  2. To come to have gradually; acquire:
  3. To cause (one's personality, a bud, etc.) to unfold or evolve gradually
To come into being; originate
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  1. To come into being; originate
  2. To result or spring (from)
  3. To result, issue, or proceed:
To follow, hunt, or track down doggedly
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  1. To follow, hunt, or track down doggedly
  2. To track or trail persistently:
  3. To hold or secure with a mechanical dog
To follow, especially in secret; trail.
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  1. To follow, especially in secret; trail.
  2. To make gloomy or troubled, especially over time:
  3. To stay close to or follow, esp. in secret, so as to observe the movements and activities of
To run in the same (width) track
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  1. To run in the same (width) track
  2. To leave marks made of (dirt or mud, for example) on a surface:
  3. (Film) To track a moving object
To move, walk, go along, etc. wearily, heavily, or slowly; crawl; drag
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  1. To move, walk, go along, etc. wearily, heavily, or slowly; crawl; drag
  2. To follow the traces or scent of, as in hunting; track.
  3. To allow to drag or stream behind, as along the ground:
To observe or follow closely; monitor:
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  1. To observe or follow closely; monitor:
  2. To follow a subject of interest, such as a person or trend, with persistent attention.
  3. To seek out (talent or clients, for example):
(Informal) To follow stealthily; shadow
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  1. (Informal) To follow stealthily; shadow
  2. (Sports) To veer from a straight course in the direction of the dominant hand of the player propelling the ball:
  3. A long, stream of gas or dust forced from the head of a comet when it is close to the Sun. Tails can be up to 150 million km (93 million miles) long, and they always point away from the Sun because of the force of the solar wind. &diamf3; Plasma tails, or ion tails, appear bluish and straight and narrow, and are formed when solar wind forces ionized gas to stream off the coma. Dust tails are wide and curved, and are formed when solar heat forces trails of dust off the coma; solid particles reflecting the Sun's light create their bright yellow color.
To accept a decision or law and act in accordance with it; to conform to; to acquiesce.
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  1. To accept a decision or law and act in accordance with it; to conform to; to acquiesce.
  2. To remain faithful to something or someone; to stand to; to adhere.
To stick fast to something; stay attached:
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  1. To stick fast to something; stay attached:
  2. To remain devoted to or be in support of something:
  3. To stick fast; stay attached
(Idiomatic) To fulfill.
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  1. (Idiomatic) To fulfill.
  2. To hold while moving something out.
(Archaic) To fulfill; to accomplish.
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  1. (Archaic) To fulfill; to accomplish.
  2. To yield assent; to accord; agree, or acquiesce; to adapt one's self; to consent or conform.
  3. To act in accordance (with a request, order, rule, etc.)
To bring into accord or agreement; cause to correspond or comply:
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  1. To bring into accord or agreement; cause to correspond or comply:
  2. To bring into harmony or agreement; adapt
  3. To behave in a conventional way, esp. in accepting without question customs, traditions, prevailing opinion, etc.
To save; reserve:
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  1. To save; reserve:
  2. To manage, tend, or have charge of:
  3. To maintain records in:
To take notice; give heed:
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  1. To take notice; give heed:
  2. (Regional) To bring (an object or idea) to mind; remember.
  3. (--- Upper Southern US) To have in mind as a goal or purpose; intend.
To carry out or comply with (a command, for example).
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  1. To carry out or comply with (a command, for example).
  2. To be guided by; submit to the control of
  3. To carry out (an instruction or order)
To watch attentively:
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  1. To watch attentively:
  2. To notice or perceive (something)
  3. To celebrate or keep (a holiday, etc.) according to custom
To admit of being copied:
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  1. To admit of being copied:
  2. To follow as a model or pattern; imitate.
  3. To include as an additional recipient of a written communication:
To try, often by imitating or copying, to equal or surpass
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  1. To try, often by imitating or copying, to equal or surpass
  2. To strive to equal or excel, especially through imitation:
  3. (Computers) To imitate the function of (another system), as by modifications to hardware or software that allow the imitating system to accept the same data, execute the same programs, and achieve the same results as the imitated system.
To seek to follow the example of; take as one's model or pattern
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  1. To seek to follow the example of; take as one's model or pattern
  2. To use or follow as a model:
  3. To be or become like in appearance; resemble
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  1. On
  2. (Obs.) Thereupon; thereafter
  3. (Obs.) On it; on one's person
To take place afterward or as a result.
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  1. To take place afterward or as a result.
  2. To come afterward; follow immediately
  3. To happen as a consequence; result
To come or occur after; follow
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  1. To come or occur after; follow
  2. To come next in time or order:
  3. To come after and take the place of:
To follow immediately after; ensue.
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  1. To follow immediately after; ensue.
  2. To come or occur as something extraneous, additional, or unexpected.
  3. (Philosophy) To be dependent on a set of facts or properties in such a way that change can occur only after change has occurred in those facts or properties.
To serve as doctor to during an illness
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  1. To serve as doctor to during an illness
  2. To accompany as a circumstance or result
  3. To accompany as a circumstance or follow as a result:
To take place afterward or as a result.
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  1. To take place afterward or as a result.
  2. To come afterward; follow immediately
  3. To happen as a consequence; result
To end in a particular way:
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  1. To end in a particular way:
  2. To happen as a consequence:
  3. To happen or issue as a consequence or effect
To be able to hold (something applied or inserted):
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  1. To be able to hold (something applied or inserted):
  2. To receive something, especially with favor. Often used with of.
  3. To take (what is offered or given); receive, esp. willingly
To understand something.
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  1. To understand something.
  2. To grasp mentally; understand:
  3. To take hold of mentally; perceive; understand
To get and hold (something that has been in motion) in a hand, the hands, a container, or an implement:
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  1. To get and hold (something that has been in motion) in a hand, the hands, a container, or an implement:
  2. To go to see (a performance, for example):
  3. To take or get passively; incur or contract without intention, as by exposure
To accomplish or bring about:
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  1. To accomplish or bring about:
  2. To grasp mentally; understand; comprehend
  3. (Archaic) To go around; make a circuit of
To have as part of something larger; encompass or include.
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  1. To have as part of something larger; encompass or include.
  2. To grasp mentally; understand
  3. To include; take in; comprise
To apprehend mentally; understand.
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  1. To apprehend mentally; understand.
  2. To be of the opinion that; think:
  3. To hold as one's conviction or opinion; think; imagine
To penetrate to the meaning or nature of; comprehend.
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  1. To penetrate to the meaning or nature of; comprehend.
  2. To determine the depth of; sound.
  3. To get to the bottom of; understand thoroughly
(Slang) To cause an emotional response in; irritate, please, thrill, etc.
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  1. (Slang) To cause an emotional response in; irritate, please, thrill, etc.
  2. To take revenge on, especially to kill in revenge for a wrong.
  3. To begin or start. Used with the present participle:
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  1. ​To understand.
  2. To reach for and try to seize
  3. To take hold of mentally; understand; comprehend
To know (a language) well enough to interpret its written form
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  1. To know (a language) well enough to interpret its written form
  2. To have or use as a preferred reading in a particular passage:
  3. To get the meaning of (something written, printed, embossed, etc.) by using the eyes, or for Braille, the finger tips, to interpret its characters or signs
To make sure; take care:
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  1. To make sure; take care:
  2. To get a clear mental impression of; grasp by thinking; understand
  3. To consider:
To be or become aware of
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  1. To be or become aware of
  2. To become aware of; perceive:
  3. To comprehend; understand
To understand or interpret:
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  1. To understand or interpret:
  2. To get possession of (fish or game, for example) by capturing or killing.
  3. To subtract:
  1. To subscribe to home delivery of.
  2. To shorten (a garment) or make it smaller.
  3. To allow a person or an animal to live in one's home.
To become aware of the intended meaning of (a person or remark, for example):
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  1. To become aware of the intended meaning of (a person or remark, for example):
  2. To take as meant or meaning; interpret
  3. To get or perceive the meaning of; know or grasp what is meant by; comprehend
To understand; comprehend.
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  1. To understand; comprehend.
  2. (Slang) To understand; get the idea
To obtain or find by an action similar to digging:
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  1. To obtain or find by an action similar to digging:
  2. To uncover and get from the ground or another surface in this way
  3. To take notice of:
2012 May 30, John E. McIntyre, “A future for copy editors", Baltimore Sun:
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  1. 2012 May 30, John E. McIntyre, “A future for copy editors", Baltimore Sun:
  2. To understand or figure out:
  3. To be or become aware of the situation; understand:
To recognize.
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  1. To recognize.
  2. To know (a person or thing).
  3. (Archaic) To see; look at; descry

Synonym Study

  • Result stresses a definite relationship of cause and effect between what follows and what preceded crime that results from poverty
  • Succeed implies that what follows takes the place of what preceded who succeeded Polk to the presidency?
  • Ensue implies that what follows comes as a logical consequence of what preceded clouds appeared and rain ensued
  • Follow is the general word meaning to come or occur after, but it does not necessarily imply a causal relationship with what goes before sunshine followed by rain
Find another word for follow. In this page you can discover 135 synonyms, antonyms, idiomatic expressions, and related words for follow, like: attend to, attend, succeed, come next, ensue, replace, supplant, postdate, go behind, bring-up-the-rear and tailgate.