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ensue

[ en-soo ]
/ ɛnˈsu /
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Definition of ensue

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

First recorded in 1450–1500; Middle English ensuen, from Anglo-French ensuer, cognate with Old French ensui(v)re; see en-1, sue

synonym study for ensue

1, 2. See follow.
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British Dictionary definitions for ensue

ensue
/ (ɪnˈsjuː) /

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

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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