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Definition of "follow-up" []

  • The act or an instance of following up, as to further an end or review new developments: The follow-up is often as important as the initial contact in gaining new clients. The social worker's emphasis on followup reassured her clients. (noun)
  • One that follows so as to further an end or increase effectiveness: The software was a successful follow-up to the original product. (noun)
  • An article or a report giving further information on a previously reported item of news. (noun)
  • Intended to follow up, as to reinforce or evaluate previous action: a followup examination after the surgery. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "follow-up" in a sentence
  • "The findings, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, are based on long-term follow-up of participants in a large cancer-prevention trial known as Select."
  • "If indeed his legendary father knew about the recurring rapes in his football team showers and only relied on an assistant to report it only to lower-level school officials, and only once -- and then never said another word of follow-up on the problem -- can we call that "a very high level of integrity, of morality?""
  • "A paper Tuesday in JAMA reports long-term follow-up from the SELECT trial."