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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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Examples from the web for ensuing
  • The scale of the ensuing uncontrolled release of radiation that follows differentiates the two.
  • The ensuing dialogue of the deaf therefore continues.
  • The rest of the dam is going to be taken down in the ensuing months.
  • The ensuing grumbling about the unreliability of polls sparked the germ of an idea.
  • The ensuing scandal made her something of a pariah to the establishment.
  • The ensuing forty days will be filled with penitence and dullness, mostly dullness.
  • Please stick to the topic of the post and ensuing discussion.
  • But then my idea of fun is pouring oil on the road at busy intersections to watch the ensuing accidents.
  • Quizzical, thank you for your comments but they have nothing to do with this post and the ensuing conversation.
  • Then go on, in the ensuing paragraphs, to tell the reader about your education and experience.
British Dictionary definitions for ensuing


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


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 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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