- Ensue is defined as to happen directly after or as a result of something.
An example of ensue is an audience clapping after a great performance.
Applause ensues after a good performance.
intransitive verbensued, ensuing
- to come afterward; follow immediately
- to happen as a consequence; result
Origin of ensueMiddle English ensuen ; from stem of Old French ensuivre ; from Vulgar Latin an unverified form insequere ; from Classical Latin insequi ; from in- + sequi, to follow: see sequent
intransitive verben·sued, en·su·ing, en·sues
Origin of ensueMiddle English ensuen, from Old French ensuivre, ensu-, from Vulgar Latin *īnsequere, from Latin īnsequī, to follow closely : in-, intensive pref.; see en–1 + sequī, to follow; see sekw-1 in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present ensues, present participle ensuing, simple past and past participle ensued)