ensue

verb en·sue \ in-ˈsü , en- \

Definition of ensue

ensued; ensuing
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 and Etymology of ensue

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

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 English Language Learners

ensue

verb

Definition of ensue for English Language Learners

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


ENSUE Defined for Kids

ensue

verb en·sue \ in-ˈsü \

Definition of ensue for Students

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


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