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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.

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

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1, 2. See follow.

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/ (ɪnˈsjuː) /

verb-sues, -suing or -sued
  1. (intr) to follow; come next or afterwards

  2. (intr) to follow or occur as a consequence; result

  1. (tr) obsolete to pursue

Origin of ensue

C14: from Anglo-French ensuer, from Old French ensuivre, from en- 1 + suivre to follow, from Latin sequī

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