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ensue

verb en·sue \in-ˈsü, en-\

: to come at a later time : to happen as a result

en·sueden·su·ing

Full Definition of ENSUE

transitive verb
:  to strive to attain :  pursue <I wander, seeking peace, and ensuing it — Rupert Brooke>
intransitive verb
:  to take place afterward or as a result
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Origin of ENSUE

Middle English, from Anglo-French ensivre (3d singular ensiut), from en- + sivre to follow — more at sue
First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of ENSUE

follow, succeed, ensue, supervene mean to come after something or someone. follow may apply to a coming after in time, position, or logical sequence <speeches followed the dinner>. succeed implies a coming after immediately in a sequence determined by natural order, inheritance, election, or laws of rank <she succeeded her father as head of the business>. ensue commonly suggests a logical consequence or naturally expected development <after the talk a general discussion ensued>. supervene suggests the following or beginning of something unforeseen or unpredictable <unable to continue because of supervening circumstances>.
ENSUE Defined for Kids

ensue

verb en·sue \in-ˈsü\
en·sueden·su·ing

Definition of ENSUE for Kids

:  to come after in time or as a result :  follow <The show ended, and a long standing ovation ensued.>

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