Do you know ghouls from goblins and ghosts?


[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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for ensued
  • When the small stock of provisions had given out wild fights ensued.
  • Such were the military benefits of this technology that a telecoms boom ensued.
  • It was then that the police fired five or six volleys into the paraders, and panic ensued.
  • Questions of intellectual-property rights have ensued.
  • In the days since, a media firestorm has ensued over a perceived violation of civil liberties by transit system officials.
  • Panic ensued and hundreds of people died in the chaotic stampede that followed.
  • In the initial months after the bail-out, a fire sale ensued.
  • More important, though, is the radical change of life which ensued afterward.
  • Being engineers, they continued with the videos anyway and hilarity ensued.
  • Instead, years of bickering have ensued among charter advocates, school boards and teachers' unions.
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Word Value for ensued

Scrabble Words With Friends

Quotes with ensued

Nearby words for ensued