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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [fol-oh uhp]
    • /ˈfɒl oʊ ʌp/
    • /ˈfɒləʊ ʌp/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [fol-oh uhp]
    • /ˈfɒl oʊ ʌp/

Definitions of follow-up word

  • noun follow-up the act of following up. 1
  • noun follow-up an action or thing that serves to increase the effectiveness of a previous one, as a second or subsequent letter, phone call, or visit. 1
  • noun follow-up Also called follow. Journalism. a news story providing additional information on a story or article previously published. Also called sidebar, supplementary story. a minor news story used to supplement a related story of major importance. Compare feature story (def 1), human-interest story, shirttail. 1
  • adjective follow-up designed or serving to follow up, especially to increase the effectiveness of a previous action: a follow-up interview; a follow-up offer. 1
  • adjective follow-up of or relating to action that follows an initial treatment, course of study, etc.: follow-up care for mental patients; a follow-up survey. 1
  • noun follow-up A subsidiary action taken as the result of an event. 0

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Origin of follow-up

First appearance:

before 1920
One of the 12% newest English words
First recorded in 1920-25; noun, adj. use of verb phrase follow up

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Parts of speech for Follow-up


follow-up popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 40% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

Synonyms for follow-up

noun follow-up

  • reaction — a reverse movement or tendency; an action in a reverse direction or manner.
  • effect — something that is produced by an agency or cause; result; consequence: Exposure to the sun had the effect of toughening his skin.
  • repercussion — an effect or result, often indirect or remote, of some event or action: The repercussions of the quarrel were widespread.
  • aftermath — The aftermath of an important event, especially a harmful one, is the situation that results from it.
  • issue — the act of sending out or putting forth; promulgation; distribution: the issue of food and blankets to flood victims.

Antonyms for follow-up

noun follow-up

  • source — any thing or place from which something comes, arises, or is obtained; origin: Which foods are sources of calcium?
  • commencement — The commencement of something is its beginning.
  • inception — beginning; start; commencement.
  • insignificance — the quality or condition of being insignificant; lack of importance or consequence.
  • worthless — without worth; of no use, importance, or value; good-for-nothing: a worthless person; a worthless contract.

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