From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishfollow something ↔ up phrasal verb1DOto find out more information about something and take action if necessaryThe 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 withIf 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 ●○○ noun1[countable, uncountable]DO something that is done to make sure that earlier actions have been successful or effective → follow uppreventative 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 charactersSpielberg says he’s planning to do a follow-up next year.follow-up toa 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 upa 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.