- 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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Related Wordsemanate, befall, arise, occur, derive, develop, appear, attend, flow, eventuate, stem, succeed, result, follow, issue, supervene, proceed
Examples from the Web for ensued
The severe traffic jams that ensued wrought chaos in and around the Hudson River town of Fort Lee.Christie Aides Can Keep Bridgegate Emails Under Wraps
April 10, 2014
Al Bawaba and Ma'an reported just some of the indignation that ensued thereafter on the major's Facebook wall.IDF Posts Fairuz Video, Raises Internet Hackles
October 29, 2013
But more powerful was the boycott that ensued, with 98 advertisers pulling their support for the show.
Since Corsi posted the letter, a dialogue about gender—one long ignored in Italy—has ensued.Catholic Priest Blames Italy’s Stiletto Murders on Women
Barbie Latza Nadeau
December 28, 2012
And the psychodrama that ensued has been a gift that keeps on giving.France’s Petty Politics Brings Christmas Early to Scandal Lovers
December 15, 2012
Then there ensued the softest chorus of lady-laughter, as if at some hidden joke.The Yates Pride
Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
Then ensued the most tremendous scene through which Dick had yet passed.The Rock of Chickamauga
Joseph A. Altsheler
Hereupon ensued a process of thought in the mind of the knight.Maid Marian
Thomas Love Peacock
Now ensued a spell of calm weather, with a film of haze over the sky.The Forest
Stewart Edward White
I am assured that the scene which ensued baffles all description.The Mudfog and Other Sketches
- (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 ensued
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.