verb (used without object), en·sued, en·su·ing.
- to follow in order; come afterward, especially in immediate succession: As the days ensued, he recovered his strength.
- to follow as a consequence; result: When those two friends meet, a battle of wits ensues.
verb -sues, -suing or -sued
- (intr) to follow; come next or afterwards
- (intr) to follow or occur as a consequence; result
- (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.