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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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  • In the ensuing year he took the command of the small body of provincial troops with which he marched to repel the Frenchmen.

    The Virginians William Makepeace Thackeray
  • Then commenced the maddening scene which will be found in the ensuing chapter.

    Wagner, the Wehr-Wolf George W. M. Reynolds
  • On the 13th, ice began to float down the river for the first time; and, on the ensuing day, the ground was covered with snow.

  • I shall be in town in the middle or latter end of the ensuing week.

  • The ensuing morning's meal was passed, like that of the preceding evening, by the younger part of the group almost in silence.

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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