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ensue

[en-soo]
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verb (used without object), en·sued, en·su·ing.
  1. to follow in order; come afterward, especially in immediate succession: As the days ensued, he recovered his strength.
  2. to follow as a consequence; result: When those two friends meet, a battle of wits ensues.
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Origin of ensue

1350–1400; Middle English ensuen < Anglo-French ensuer (cognate with Old French ensui(v)re). See en-1, sue
Related formsen·su·ing·ly, adverb

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1, 2. See follow. 2. issue, arise, flow.
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  • There ensues a vast shuffling of words, a drone and a gurgle of syllables.

    Erik Dorn

    Ben Hecht

  • In what ensues, you will perceive a great change in the character of my memoirs.

    Devereux, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  • (But) when there is not faith sufficient (on his part), a want of faith (in him) ensues (on the part of the others).

  • A busy scene now ensues; all is bustle, noise, and activity.

  • The argument that ensues is familiar, exhausting, and interminable.

    Home Life in Germany

    Mrs. Alfred Sidgwick


British Dictionary definitions for ensues

ensue

verb -sues, -suing or -sued
  1. (intr) to follow; come next or afterwards
  2. (intr) to follow or occur as a consequence; result
  3. (tr) obsolete to pursue
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Word Origin

C14: from Anglo-French ensuer, from Old French ensuivre, from en- 1 + suivre to follow, from Latin sequī
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Word Origin and History for ensues

ensue

v.

late 14c., from Old French ensu-, past participle stem of ensivre "follow close upon, come afterward," from Late Latin insequere, from Latin insequi "to pursue, follow, follow after; come next," from in- "upon" (see in- (2)) + sequi "follow" (see sequel). Related: Ensued; ensues; ensuing.

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