The first eight seasons of Two and a Half Men follows Charlie Harper, a hedonistic jingle writer living in a beachfront Malibu abode, whose life is turned upside down when his brother Alan comes to live with him following a divorce, coupled with his nephew Jake visiting on the weekends.
I guess "follows" there means something like "telling a story about", though none of the meanings in American Heritage Dictionary is close to that.
- a. To come or go after; proceed behind: Follow the usher to your seat. b. To go after in pursuit: would follow his enemy to the ends of the earth. c. To keep under surveillance: The agent followed the suspect around town.
- a. To move along the course of; take: We followed the path. b. To move in the direction of; be guided by: followed the sun westward; followed the signs to the zoo. c. To lie in the same path as: The road follows the old trading route. d. To be parallel to: The road follows the river.
- To accept the guidance, command, or leadership of: follow a spiritual master; rebels who refused to follow their leader.
- To adhere to; practice: followed family traditions.
- To take as a model or precedent; imitate: followed my example and resigned.
- a. To act in agreement or compliance with; obey: follow the rules; follow one's instincts. b. To keep to or stick to: followed the recipe; follow a diet.
- To engage in (a trade or occupation); work at.
- To come after in order, time, or position: Night follows day.
- To bring something about at a later time than or as a consequence of: She followed her lecture with a question-and-answer period. The band followed its hit album with a tour.
- To occur or be evident as a consequence of: Your conclusion does not follow your premise.
- a. To watch or observe closely: followed the bird through binoculars. b. To be attentive to; pay close heed to: too sleepy to follow the sermon. c. To keep oneself informed of the course, progress, or fortunes of: follow the stock market; followed the local teams.
- To grasp the meaning or logic of; understand: Do you follow my argument?
What does "follow" mean in the quotation?