From Old French ensu- , stem of some conjugated forms 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).
- (US) IPA(key): /ɪnˈsuː/
- (UK) IPA(key): /ɪnˈsjuː/, /ɪnˈʃuː/, /ɛnˈsjuː/, /ɛnˈʃuː/
- (General Australian) IPA(key): /ɛnˈsjʉː/
Audio (Southern England) (file)
- Rhymes: -uː
- (obsolete, transitive) To follow (a leader, inclination etc.). [15th–17th c.]
- 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 [...].
- 1606, G. W. Justine, transl., The Historie of Justine:
- To ensue his example in doynge the like mischiefe.
- (obsolete, transitive) To follow (in time), to be subsequent to. [15th–17th c.]
- 1603, Michel de Montaigne, translated by John Florio, Essays, III.11:
- Oh how many changes are like to ensue this reformation!
- (intransitive) To occur afterwards, as a result or effect. [from 16th c.]
- Give three freshmen six bottles of wine, and hilarity will ensue.
- 1960 December, “Talking of Trains: The riding of B.R. coaches”, in Trains Illustrated, page 705:
- Nor, having married coach and bogie design successfully, does it follow that good riding will ensue, whatever the track carrying it—as the performance of B.R. standard coaches on flat-bottom, concrete-sleepered track bears witness.
- (to follow): carry out, follow, pursue
- (to be subsequent to): come after, follow; see also Thesaurus:succeed
- (to occur afterwards): arise, follow