- 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.
Origin of ensue
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Examples from the Web for ensue
She wants a “hagiography,” and the conflicts and confusions that ensue provide The Last Word with its comic momentum.A Novel About a Novelist ‘Like’ Naipaul
November 6, 2014
These were the sorts of measures that the other negotiators expected to ensue at future stages of the normalization process.Why France Is to Blame for Blocking the Iran Nuclear Agreement
November 10, 2013
The minute you undermine the insurance, or dilute it, a bank run might ensue.Cyprus on Fire? Blame the German Bullies.
March 19, 2013
However skeptical of their new president, peace is exactly what many Mexicans are hoping will ensue.Mexico: Allegations of Fraud Follow Peña Nieto
November 30, 2012
Barack Obama, in his second term, cannot be absent if any real peace process is to ensue.From Tahrir To Tel Aviv
November 19, 2012
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.Introduction to the Study of History
Charles V. Langlois
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!Memoirs
Charles Godfrey Leland
And in such case should not I be answerable for any mischief which might ensue?Frank Fairlegh
Frank E. Smedley
- (intr) to follow; come next or afterwards
- (intr) to follow or occur as a consequence; result
- (tr) obsolete to pursue
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.