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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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Related Words for ensue

emanate, befall, arise, occur, derive, develop, appear, attend, flow, eventuate, stem, succeed, result, follow, issue, supervene, proceed

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  • To the whole audience, in response to the laughter sure to ensue.

    The Dramatic Values in Plautus

    Wilton Wallace Blancke

  • Consequences easy to foresee did, as a matter of fact, ensue.

  • Thither I bent my steps, half fearing, half hoping, what might ensue.

    Confessions Of Con Cregan

    Charles James Lever

  • Little did we foresee the tremendous results which were to ensue from that meeting!


    Charles Godfrey Leland

  • And in such case should not I be answerable for any mischief which might ensue?

    Frank Fairlegh

    Frank E. Smedley

British Dictionary definitions for 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 for ensue

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 ensue


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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