ensue

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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).

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ensue (third-person singular simple present ensues, present participle ensuing, simple past and past participle ensued)

  1. (obsolete, transitive) To follow (a leader, inclination etc.).
    • 1596, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, IV.ii:
      to ripenesse of mans state they grew: / Then shewing forth signes of their fathers blood, / They loued armes, and knighthood did ensew, / Seeking aduentures [...].
    • Golding
      To ensue his example in doing the like mischief.
  2. To occur afterwards, as a result or effect.
    Give three freshmen six bottles of wine, and hilarity will ensue.

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