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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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But among those patients who showed great improvement in their first follow-up, about 85 percent came back to their previous level in follow-ups at 1st and 2nd month.
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It went on to win seven Oscars and quickly inspired a cult following, along with three follow-ups.
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We wanted to provide patients with a medium where they can directly contact healthcare professionals who can deal with their queries and concerns and to provide comprehensive support and guidance to enrolled patients through out-bound calls about how to manage their condition and to closely follow-up with them after their visit to ensure they are abiding by the doctor's instructions.
It could be a second chapter in a story that required no further exposition or a crass attempt to cash in on a gimmick whose novelty could barely survive the first film, much less a follow-up.
Six months after a person's treatment began, 80 percent of those who received telephone psychotherapy reported a marked decline in depression symptoms, compared with 66 percent of the care-management group and 55 percent of those who got only typical primary care follow-ups.
It was unlikely that the boat could give the free abortions for which it was praised by the media, he said, because it could not provide the medical follow-ups required after the first use of RU-486.
Raiders of the Lost Ark took pounds 308m while follow-ups Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom and Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade took pounds 248m and pounds 298m respectively.
These studies contradict earlier research which was based on short term follow-ups.
The final cassette is devoted to acknowledgements and follow-ups, as enlightening and interesting as the first nine tapes.
Additional arrears have also been reduced because of maintenance and legal follow-ups, Vitelli said.
The album is masterminded by David Palmer, the ex-Jethro Tull member responsible for turning the prog rock of his former band into pseudoclassical, mush as well as creating bad-taste follow-ups such as The Symphonic Music of Yes.
The quality of my contacts went up exponentially and the conversations I was having with potential employers were more than just follow-ups.
Sales and service follow-ups, arising from the campaign itself, can be allocated to users of the CRM.