Next vs. Follow: What's the Difference?
Next and Follow Definitions
Nearest in space or position; adjacent
The next room.
To come or go after; proceed behind
Follow the usher to your seat.
Immediately following, as in time, order, or sequence
The next item on the list.
To go after in pursuit
Would follow his enemy to the ends of the earth.
In the time, order, or place nearest or immediately following
Reading this book next.
Our next oldest child.
To keep under surveillance
The agent followed the suspect around town.
On the first subsequent occasion
When next I write.
To move along the course of; take
We followed the path.
The next person or thing
The next will be better.
To move in the direction of; be guided by
Followed the sun westward.
Followed the signs to the zoo.
In place or position, having nothing similar intervening; adjoining.
The man in the next bunk kept me awake all night with his snoring.
She lives a mile or two away, in the next village.
To lie in the same path as
The road follows the old trading route.
(obsolete) Most direct, or shortest or nearest in distance or time.
To be parallel to
The road follows the river.
Nearest in order, succession, or rank; immediately following (or sometimes preceding) in order.
Please turn to the next page.
On Wednesday next, I'm going to Spain.
The next chapter; the next week; the Sunday next before Easter
The man was driven by his love for money and his desire to become the next Bill Gates.
To accept the guidance, command, or leadership of
Follow a spiritual master.
Rebels who refused to follow their leader.
Nearest in relationship. next of kin.}}
To adhere to; practice
Followed family traditions.
Denotes the one immediately following the current or most recent one.
Next week would be a good time to meet.
I'll know better next time.
To take as a model or precedent; imitate
Followed my example and resigned.
(of days of the week or months of the year) Closest in the future, or closest but one if the closest is very soon; of days, sometimes thought to specifically refer to the instance closest to seven days (one week) in the future.
The party is next Tuesday; that is, not tomorrow, but eight days from now.
When you say next Thursday, do you mean Thursday this week or Thursday next week?
To act in agreement or compliance with; obey
Follow the rules.
Follow one's instincts.
In a time, place, rank or sequence closest or following.
They live in the next closest house.
It's the next best thing to ice cream.
To keep to or stick to
Followed the recipe.
Follow a diet.
(conjunctive) So as to follow in time or sequence something previously mentioned.
First we removed all the handles; next, we stripped off the old paint.
To engage in (a trade or occupation); work at.
On the first subsequent occasion.
Financial panic, earthquakes, oil spills, riots. What comes next?
When we next meet, you'll be married.
To come after in order, time, or position
Night follows day.
On the side of; nearest or adjacent to; next to.
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 album with a tour.
The one that follows after this one.
Next, please, don't hold up the queue!
One moment she was there, the next she wasn't.
The week after next
To occur or be evident as a consequence of
Your conclusion does not follow your premise.
Nearest in place; having no similar object intervening.
Her princely guestWas next her side; in order sat the rest.
Fear followed me so hard, that I fled the next way.
To watch or observe closely
Followed the bird through binoculars.
Nearest in time; as, the next day or hour.
To be attentive to; pay close heed to
Too sleepy to follow the sermon.
Adjoining in a series; immediately preceding or following in order.
None could tell whose turn should be the next.
To keep oneself informed of the course, progress, or fortunes of
Follow the stock market.
Followed the local teams.
Nearest in degree, quality, rank, right, or relation; as, the next heir was an infant.
The man is near of kin unto us, one of our next kinsmen.
To grasp the meaning or logic of; understand
Do you follow my argument?.
In the time, place, or order nearest or immediately succeeding; as, this man follows next.
To come, move, or take place after another person or thing in order or time.
Nearest in space or position; immediately adjoining without intervening space;
Had adjacent rooms
In the next room
The person sitting next to me
Our rooms were side by side
To occur or be evident as a consequence; result
If you ignore your diet, trouble will follow.
(of elected officers) elected but not yet serving;
Our next president
To grasp the meaning or reasoning of something; understand.
Immediately following in time or order;
The following day
Next in line
The next president
The next item on the list
(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.
At the time or occasion immediately following;
Next the doctor examined his back
(ambitransitive) To go after; to pursue; to move behind in the same path or direction, especially with the intent of catching.
Follow that car!
She left the room and I followed.
(ambitransitive) To go or come after in a sequence.
B follows A in the alphabet.
We both ordered the soup, with roast beef to follow.
(transitive) To carry out (orders, instructions, etc.).
Follow these instructions to the letter.
(transitive) To live one's life according to (religion, teachings, etc).
(transitive) To understand, to pay attention to.
Do you follow me?
(transitive) To watch, to keep track of (reports of) some event or person.
I followed the incumbent throughout the election.
My friends don't regularly follow the news.
To subscribe to see content from an account on a social media platform.
If you want to see more of our articles, follow us on Twitter.
(ambitransitive) To be a logical consequence of something.
It follows that if two numbers are not equal then one is larger than the other.
If you don't practise proper hygiene, illness is sure to follow.
(transitive) To walk in, as a road or course; to attend upon closely, as a profession or calling.
In billiards and similar games, a stroke causing a ball to follow another ball after hitting it.
A follow shot
(social media) The act of following another user's online activity.
To go or come after; to move behind in the same path or direction; hence, to go with (a leader, guide, etc.); to accompany; to attend.
It waves me forth again; I'll follow it.
To endeavor to overtake; to go in pursuit of; to chase; to pursue; to prosecute.
I will harden the hearts of the Egyptians, and they shall follow them.
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
Follow peace with all men.
It is most agreeable to some men to follow their reason; and to others to follow their appetites.
To copy after; to take as an example.
We had rather follow the perfections of them whom we like not, than in defects resemble them whom we love.
To succeed in order of time, rank, or office.
To result from, as an effect from a cause, or an inference from a premise.
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.
To walk in, as a road or course; to attend upon closely, as a profession or calling.
O, had I but followed the arts!
O Antony! I have followed thee to this.
To go or come after; - used in the various senses of the transitive verb: To pursue; to attend; to accompany; to be a result; to imitate.
The art or process of following; specif., in some games, as billiards, a stroke causing a ball to follow another ball after hitting it. Also used adjectively; as, follow shot.
To travel behind, go after, come after;
The ducklings followed their mother around the pond
Please follow the guide through the museum
Be later in time;
Tuesday always follows Monday
Come as a logical consequence; follow logically;
It follows that your assertion is false
The theorem falls out nicely
Travel along a certain course;
Follow the road
Follow the trail
Act in accordance with someone's rules, commands, or wishes;
He complied with my instructions
You must comply or else!
Follow these simple rules
Abide by the rules
Come after in time, as a result;
A terrible tsunami followed the earthquake
Behave in accordance or in agreement with;
Follow a pattern
Follow my example
Mary plays best, with John and Sue following
Choose and follow; as of theories, ideas, policies, strategies or plans;
She followed the feminist movement
The candidate espouses Republican ideals
To bring something about at a later time than;
She followed dinner with a brandy
He followed his lecture with a question and answer period
Imitate in behavior; take as a model;
Teenagers follow their friends in everything
Follow, discover, or ascertain the course of development of something;
We must follow closely the economic development is Cuba
Trace the student's progress
Follow with the eyes or the mind;
Keep an eye on the baby, please!
The world is watching Sarajevo
She followed the men with the binoculars
Be the successor (of);
Carter followed Ford
Will Charles succeed to the throne?
Perform an accompaniment to;
The orchestra could barely follow the frequent pitch changes of the soprano
He kept up on his country's foreign policies
To be the product or result;
Melons come from a vine
Understanding comes from experience
Accept and follow the leadership or command or guidance of;
Let's follow our great helmsman!
She followed a guru for years
Adhere to or practice;
These people still follow the laws of their ancient religion
Work in a specific place, with a specific subject, or in a specific function;
He is a herpetologist
She is our resident philosopher
Keep under surveillance;
The police had been following him for weeks but they could not prove his involvement in the bombing
Follow in or as if in pursuit;
The police car pursued the suspected attacker
Her bad deed followed her and haunted her dreams all her life
Grasp the meaning;
Can you follow her argument?
When he lectures, I cannot follow
Stick to your principles
Stick to the diet