Ensue Definition

ensued, ensues, ensuing
ensued, ensues, ensuing
To come afterward; follow immediately.
Webster's New World
To strive for; follow; pursue.
Webster's New World
To happen as a consequence; result.
Webster's New World
To ensue his example in doing the like mischief.

Origin of Ensue

  • 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).

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English ensuen from Old French ensuivre ensu- from Vulgar Latin īnsequere from Latin īnsequī to follow closely in- intensive pref. en–1 sequī to follow sekw-1 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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