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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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  • But now ensued the most earnest and bloody part of the struggle.

    Terry's Texas Rangers Leonidas B. Giles
  • Then there ensued the softest chorus of lady-laughter, as if at some hidden joke.

    The Yates Pride Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
  • But they were outnumbered in the combat which ensued and laid down their arms.

    The History of Cuba, vol. 1 Willis Fletcher Johnson
  • Then ensued the most tremendous scene through which Dick had yet passed.

    The Rock of Chickamauga Joseph A. Altsheler
  • During the days that ensued a certain intimacy sprang up between Sam Bolton and the Indian girl.

    The Silent Places Steward Edward White
British Dictionary definitions for ensued


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 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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