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follow up

1. verb To contact someone an additional time to get more information about something. Please follow up with Ingrid to be sure that the project is still on schedule. The doctor's office never called me back, so I'm going to follow up with them tomorrow.
2. verb To follow an action or event with another action or event. We followed up the doctor's appointment with a trip to the ice cream parlor, as promised.
3. verb To check that something was done properly. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "follow" and "up." Ben never follows the instructions I give him, so can you please follow up to make sure he does?
4. noun A subsequent appointment, usually with a doctor for the purpose of monitoring something. In this usage, the phrase is often hyphenated. Apparently, my cholesterol levels were a little high, so I have to go back for a follow-up next month.
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follow someone up

 and follow up (on someone)
to check on the work that someone has done. I have to follow Sally up and make sure she did everything right. I follow up Sally, checking on her work. I'll follow up on her.
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follow something up

 and follow up (on something)
1. to check something out; to find out more about something. Would you please follow this lead up? It might be important. Please follow up this lead. I'll follow up on it. Yes, please follow up.
2. to make sure that something was done the way it was intended. Please follow this up. I want it done right. Please follow up this business. I'll follow up on it.
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follow up

(on someone or something) to find out more about someone or something. Please follow up on Mr. Brown and his activities. Bill, Mr. Smith has a complaint. Would you please follow up on it?
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follow up

(on someone) Go to follow someone up.
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follow up

(on something) Go to follow something up.
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follow up

1. Carry to completion. For example, I'm following up their suggestions with concrete proposals. Also see follow through.
2. Increase the effectiveness or enhance the success of something by further action. For example, She followed up her interview with a phone call. [Late 1700s]
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follow up

v.
1. To finish something by means of some final action: They followed the performance up with a stunning encore. The writer followed up his first book with a great sequel.
2. follow up on To enhance the effectiveness of something by means of further action: I followed up on the job interview with an email. Did you follow up on their request?
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He also expressed the hope that the two countries' ties would witness a breakthrough in areas of economy and trade through implementation and follow-ups on mutual agreements.
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Debate surrounds whether patients should receive regular follow-ups or be referred straightaway for a colposcopy to carry out a more detailed investigation.
Researchers did a number of follow-ups during the children's first year, and again at 30 months, 8 to 12 years, and, most recently, 13 to 18 years.
In addition to responding to aircraft alerts, LAPD conducts investigative follow-ups.
For homeowners policies, they check for claims filed with other carriers within the last five years and conduct follow-ups on the condition of homes before renewals.
People appreciate taking extra steps like follow-ups and working on weekends," says Masubuchi.
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The Auditor General's report attributed the untimely follow-ups in part to high turnover among the board's investigative staff: the agency had five different investigators in fiscal years 2003 and 2004.
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Remember that, with AIDS, life-long treatment is required, with follow-ups at six month intervals.