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

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Upon taking their bows, the young dancers summoned gala-goers to the floor, where the DJ initiated an all-out dance party; the moves that ensued were decidedly less practiced. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "The School of American Ballet Hosts a Dance-Party Gala Dinner," 18 Mar. 2019 The blackout and the chaos that has ensued is a metaphor for the catastrophe known as Venezuela. Mary Anastasia O’grady, WSJ, "Pressure Mounts in Venezuela," 10 Mar. 2019 The stock surge likely was supercharged by high short interest and an ensuing rush to cover. Elizabeth Winkler, WSJ, "An Earnings Climb Buys Stitch Fix Time," 11 Mar. 2019 The ensuing chaos extended to tech companies, with Google abruptly ordering more than 180 employees to return to the US for fear of visa issues in the immediate aftermath. Russell Brandom, The Verge, "Steve Bannon is pushing anti-immigrant policies at an upcoming tech conference," 31 Oct. 2018 First, Pam has built a resolutions board in the office, triggering everyone to ponder their pasts and their potential for the future (and hijinks ensue!). Vogue, "The Best New Year’s Eve–Theme Movies and TV Shows to Watch Tonight," 31 Dec. 2018 What happens next isn’t yet clear, but more appeals could ensue. Andrew Prokop, Vox, "The mysterious grand jury appeal that may be tied to the Mueller investigation, explained," 19 Dec. 2018 Other scientists inevitably question any new evidence, and arguments ensue. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "New study argues against some of the oldest evidence for life," 18 Oct. 2018 My sincerest apologies for the agony and mumble-cursing that undoubtedly ensued. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "Amazon’s New Part Finder Tool Takes Care Of The Most Annoying Part Of Any DIY Project," 27 July 2018

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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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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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