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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.
Origin of ensue
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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  • 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 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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