- 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.Licensed from iStockPhoto
- to come afterward; follow immediately
- to happen as a consequence; result
Origin: Middle English ensuen ; from stem of Old French ensuivre ; from Vulgar Latin an unverified form insequere ; from Classical Latin insequi ; from in- plush sequi, to follow: see sequent
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intransitive verb en·sued, en·su·ing, en·sues
- To follow as a consequence or result. See Synonyms at follow.
- To take place subsequently.
Origin: Middle 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.