how to say “to follow” in Hebrew


If you’ve got a good eye for Hebrew roots and a familiarity with Biblical figures, you might spot the connection between the פעל verb לעקוב – to follow, and יעקב – Jacob, right away: the root ע.ק.ב means heel, so that when we follow someone, we’re tracing their footsteps.

לעקוב takes the word אחרי – after – after it.

For example:

תעקוב אחרי השילוט.

Follow (after) the signage. (spoken to a male)

לעקוב can also mean to watch closely, as in:

אנחנו עוקבים אחרי כל התפתחות.

We are following (watching closely) every development.

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