ensue

verb
en·​sue | \ in-ˈsü How to pronounce ensue (audio) , en- \
ensued; ensuing

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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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

Examples of ensue in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web With even a small amount of water vapor in the atmosphere of early Venus, a large greenhouse effect would ensue, raising the temperature of Venus further. Ethan Siegel, Forbes, "Ask Ethan: Were Mars And Venus Ever Living Planets?," 16 Apr. 2021 That mountain now stands about $3.5 trillion high, and if banks put any substantial portion of it to work creating money and credit, inflationary consequences might ensue. Alan S. Blinder, WSJ, "There’s No Need to Panic About a Little Inflation," 15 Mar. 2021 Some meetings go off without a hitch, but that doesn't mean that entropy won't ensue later. Ross Levin, Star Tribune, "Learning to handle disorder is key facet of solid financial planning," 27 Feb. 2021 That being said, as COVID-19 cases continue to be on the rise, there’s always a chance that a further delay could ensue for the safety of both the cast and crew. Kelly Schremph, refinery29.com, "Get Ready To Wait A Long Time For More Marvelous Mrs. Maisel," 14 Dec. 2020 The worst-case scenario is that a cascading effect will ensue, rendering certain orbits completely unusable. Scientific American, "Adaptive Optics Branches Out," 15 Mar. 2021 Two adults can fit in a full bed but this probably isn’t ideal — fights over the covers or who's encroaching on whose side of the bed will likely ensue. Lauren Corona, chicagotribune.com, "How to pick a mattress," 10 Mar. 2021 Reacting to the potential violence that could ensue from confusion or disagreements over mask rules, Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo reminded residents this week that businesses have the right to implement their own mandates. Washington Post, "A Mexican restaurant in Texas kept its mask rule. People threatened to call ICE on the staff.," 7 Mar. 2021 Reacting to the potential violence that could ensue from confusion or disagreements over mask rules, Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo reminded residents this week that businesses have the right to implement their own mandates. Meryl Kornfield, BostonGlobe.com, "A Mexican restaurant in Texas kept its mask rule. People threatened to call ICE on the staff," 7 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of ensue

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for ensue

Middle English, from Anglo-French ensivre (3rd singular ensiut), from en- + sivre to follow — more at sue

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25 Apr 2021

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“Ensue.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ensue. Accessed 6 May. 2021.

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ensue

verb

English Language Learners Definition of ensue

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

ensue

verb
en·​sue | \ in-ˈsü How to pronounce ensue (audio) \
ensued; ensuing

Kids Definition of ensue

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

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