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[en-soo] /ɛnˈsu/
verb (used without object), ensued, ensuing.
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.
1350-1400; Middle English ensuen < Anglo-French ensuer (cognate with Old French ensui(v)re). See en-1, sue
Related forms
ensuingly, adverb
1, 2. See follow. 2. issue, arise, flow. Unabridged
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Examples for ensue
  • When you start stargazing with a telescope, two experiences typically ensue.
  • It plays out through the narratives and the characters and the wars that ensue.
  • Much analysis and many wisecracks ensue.
  • Unless the politicians move fast, more turmoil could ensue.
  • Socrates just seems to play along for the sake of watching the chaos ensue.
  • I'm sure one complaint won't lead to a ban but if the player does it enough and enough people complain action will ensue.
  • Negotiations ensue, usually taking one to three months.
  • Endless complications ensue.
  • Unless something changes, disaster will surely ensue.
  • It was his counsel had brought about this marriage, and all that was to ensue from it.
British Dictionary definitions for ensue


verb -sues, -suing, -sued
(intransitive) to follow; come next or afterwards
(intransitive) to follow or occur as a consequence; result
(transitive) (obsolete) to pursue
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 ensue
late 14c., from O.Fr. ensivre "follow close upon," from L.L. insequere, from L. insequi "to pursue," from in- "upon" + sequi "follow" (see sequel). Related: Ensued; ensues; ensuing.
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