From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishfollow something ↔ up phrasal verb1DOto find out more information about something and take action if necessary 🔊 The police take people’s statements and then follow them up.2ADDto do something in addition to what you have already done in order to make it more likely to succeed → follow-up with 🔊 If there is no response to your press release, follow it up with a phone call. 🔊 This experiment was quickly followed up by others using different forms of the drug. →follow-up2 →follow→ See Verb table
follow-upˈfollow-up1 ●○○ noun 🔊 🔊 1[countable, uncountable]DO something that is done to make sure that earlier actions have been successful or effective → follow up 🔊 preventative treatment and follow-up several weeks later2[countable]TCNAFTER a book, film, article etc that comes after another one that has the same subject or characters 🔊 Spielberg says he’s planning to do a follow-up next year.follow-up to 🔊 a follow-up to their hit album
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follow-up• We're fairly sure the data is accurate, but we will be doing a follow-up.• Self-reports were not verified and the lengths of follow-up were somewhat variable.• Leeds then had more chances, Macca had one touched on to the post, with Wallace's follow-up going just wide.follow-upfollow-up2 adjective [only before noun] 🔊 🔊 AFTERdone in order to find out more or do more about something → follow up 🔊 a follow-up study on children and poverty
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follow-up• The way these things work, there are two agents on each running board of the follow-up car.• The United States also agreed to drop its opposition to a follow-upconference in 2006.• After each trainingprogramme everyone has a follow-upinterview with their manager.• Satisfying himself after a while, he commenced to write a follow-upletter, composed by George and dated 31 August.• Improvement was maintained over a follow-upperiod of six months.• There are no follow-up ques-tions.• Those patients who have the procedure are monitored closely in follow-upresearch.• Weiss is doing a follow-upstudy to his research on children raised in single-parent families.• All analyses included follow-up time after any discontinuation of study drug.• It is only by means of regression that the root of such cases can be discovered and the foundationlaid for the follow-uptreatment.• Once you have installedsolarheating you will receiveregularfollow-upvisits from our experts.From Longman Business Dictionaryfollow something → up phrasal verb [transitive]to do something as a result of something someone has suggested or something you have found outMany of the report’s recommendations are worth following up. →follow→ See Verb tablefollow-upˈfollow-up1 adjective [only before a noun]MARKETINGa follow-up letter, visit etc is done to make sure that earlier actions have been effective or successful, or to continue a plan of action that was started earlierBy lunchtime, I usually know how many follow-up letters, informational packets, and other documents that I need to send out to clients.Follow-up interviews have indicated that the advertising campaign was widely misunderstood.follow-upˈfollow-up2 noun [countable, uncountable]MARKETINGsomething that is done to make sure that earlier actions have been effective or successful, or to continue a plan of action that was started earlierAsk one of the sales reps if we have sent a follow-up yet.I know that the email was flagged for follow-up.