verb (used without object), en·sued, en·su·ing.

  1. to follow in order; come afterward, especially in immediate succession: As the days ensued, he recovered his strength.
  2. to follow as a consequence; result: When those two friends meet, a battle of wits ensues.


  1. following subsequently or in order
  2. following or occurring as a consequence; resulting

verb -sues, -suing or -sued

  1. (intr) to follow; come next or afterwards
  2. (intr) to follow or occur as a consequence; result
  3. (tr) obsolete to pursue

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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