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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

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

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  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for ensued


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

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 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.

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