follow-up [fol-oh-uhp] ExamplesWord Origin noun

  1. the act of following up.
  2. an action or thing that serves to increase the effectiveness of a previous one, as a second or subsequent letter, phone call, or visit.
  3. Also called follow. Journalism.
    1. a news story providing additional information on a story or article previously published.
    2. Also called sidebar, supplementary story.a minor news story used to supplement a related story of major importance.Compare feature story(def 1), human-interest story, shirttail.


  1. designed or serving to follow up, especially to increase the effectiveness of a previous action: a follow-up interview; a follow-up offer.
  2. of or relating to action that follows an initial treatment, course of study, etc.: follow-up care for mental patients; a follow-up survey.

Origin of follow-up First recorded in 1920–25; noun, adj. use of verb phrase follow up Related Words for followups impact, reaction, influence, effect, reverberation, backlash, fallout, realization, pursuance, repercussion, aftermath, issue, aftereffect, development, event, ramification, consequence, outcome, response, summation Examples from the Web for followups Contemporary Examples of followups

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