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.

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

Synonyms for ensue

1, 2. See follow. 2. issue, arise, flow.
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Examples from the Web for ensuing

Contemporary Examples of ensuing

Historical Examples of ensuing

  • During the whole of the ensuing day, Paralus continued in a deep sleep.


    Lydia Maria Child

  • The burial took place at Mount Auburn on the ensuing Tuesday.

    Biographical Sketches

    Nathaniel Hawthorne

  • It would be tedious to relate each step of the ensuing negotiations.

    The Leopard Woman

    Stewart Edward White

  • Great dinners and gay routs were given in the ensuing spring.

    Night and Morning, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  • The machine was completed, and the ensuing morning fixed for the assault.

    Maid Marian

    Thomas Love Peacock

British Dictionary definitions for ensuing



following subsequently or in order
following or occurring as a consequence; resulting


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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Word Origin and History for ensuing



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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