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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What ensued was a nearly 29-hour standoff with police and crisis negotiators, as Smith remained locked in the home by himself and was seen by officers pacing and holding a handgun. Thy Vo, The Mercury News, "Palo Alto police identify suspect in 29-hour standoff," 4 Aug. 2019 What ensued was a thrilling, wheel-to-wheel battle over several corners as Hamilton tried to take the race lead. Matias Grez, CNN, "Lewis Hamilton storms from behind to win thrilling Hungarian Grand Prix," 4 Aug. 2019 What ensues is 13 episodes of moms navigating work, relationships, motherhood and life. Rasha Ali, USA TODAY, "'Workin' Moms' is back on Netflix! Here are 5 totally relatable moments from Season 1," 25 July 2019 What ensues is our first musical number of the episode. Stephen Daw, Billboard, "Performing Through Pain: 5 Key Takeaways From 'Pose' Season 2, Episode 6," 24 July 2019 What ensues is a sort of triple transference: as if Felipe, Iquela and Claudia could heal their old wounds, could purge the trauma in their pasts by bringing Paloma’s mother to rest. Sean Mccoy, Los Angeles Times, "Review: An authoritarian leader’s shadow looms over a weary country in ‘The Remainder’," 18 July 2019 What ensued was bitterly disappointing for Potters fans as the club finished in 16th position, amassing a scarcely believable record of 22 draws. SI.com, "John Terry to Derby, Stoke Move for Lindsay & QPR Sign Barbet: Championship News Roundup," 18 June 2019 Then came a devastating knee injury at Seattle with a return Super Bowl berth on the line in January 2014, forcing him to miss the ensuing season. Cam Inman, The Mercury News, "49ers re-sign NaVorro Bowman for retirement purposes," 22 July 2019 Over the ensuing five seasons, Hickerson was pulled away from his family by the 162-game schedule that demands players spend around 28 days per month at a ballpark or traveling to one. Tyler Kraft, Indianapolis Star, "Indians pitching coach returns to baseball following 18 years in a traveling ministry," 28 June 2019

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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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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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