from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To follow as a consequence or result. See Synonyms at follow.
  • intransitive v. To take place subsequently.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To follow (a leader, inclination etc.).
  • v. To occur afterwards, as a result or effect.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To follow or come afterward; to follow as a consequence or in chronological succession; to result
  • transitive v. To follow; to pursue; to follow and overtake.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To follow or follow after; pursue.
  • To come after; move behind in the same direction; follow.
  • To follow in order, or in a train of events or course of time; succeed; come after.
  • To follow as a consequence; result, as from premises.
  • Synonyms and Succeed, etc. (see follow); to arise, proceed, spring, result.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. issue or terminate (in a specified way, state, etc.); end


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.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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). (Wiktionary)


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