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 Volker had served as Trump’s special envoy to Ukraine and was a key witness in the ensuing investigation. Katie Surma, azcentral, "Mark Green, new executive director of ASU's McCain Institute, wants to help restore American leadership," 27 May 2020 The pandemic and its ensuing impacts on the industry have pushed the companies to reconsider their conflicts and seek to mend them to help the companies better survive the downturn. Colin Beresford, Car and Driver, "Nissan and Renault Merger Is Being Paused as Companies Restructure," 26 May 2020 The pandemic and ensuing economic fallout have already forced change upon a lot of people—whether that involves getting laid off or suddenly balancing full-time work with full-time childcare. Sarah Todd, Quartz at Work, "An economist’s rule for making tough life decisions," 21 May 2020 This reveal, and the ensuing details from the dispute, tore fans apart. Kathryn Lindsay, refinery29.com, "Here’s The Drama Happening With The “Call Her Daddy” Podcast," 21 May 2020 The researchers then recorded the ensuing drama for up to two hours. Lesley Evans Ogden, Scientific American, "Shyness Helps Parrotfish Survive Invasive Predators," 19 May 2020 Although the rebels lost the ensuing military struggle, a five-week-long ordeal that laid waste to dozens of plantations across the colony, the impact of their protest was substantial. The New Yorker, "Briefly Noted," 18 May 2020 Mindful of the chaos that may ensue, NASCAR has scheduled a caution flag on Lap 30, so drivers can duck into the pits for adjustments. Liz Clarke, Anchorage Daily News, "NASCAR ready to fire up its engines Sunday, hoping to lead sports’ return from quarantine," 16 May 2020 Screenwriter Graham was a teenager when the scandal broke and was fascinated by the ensuing trial, eventually penning his play Quiz. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Quiz miniseries revisits notorious 2001 game-show cheating scandal," 14 May 2020

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ensue. Accessed 31 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of ensue

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


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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