ensue[en so̵̅o̅′, -syo̵̅o̅′; in-]
- 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)
Late 14c., from Old French ensu-, preposition stem of ensivre (“follow close upon, come afterward”) (French ensuivre), from Latin īnsequere, from īnsequi (“to pursue, follow, follow after; come next”), from in- (“upon”) (see in-) + sequi (“follow”) (see sequel).