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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The new and improved Google AI will make its way to devices this fall, but that doesn't mean a brave new world of voice will immediately ensue. Darren Orf, Popular Mechanics, "Google Just Proved That Our Voice Is the Ultimate UI," 7 May 2019 This is where a little bit of stress starts to ensue. Amanda Brooks, Vogue, "I Went to the Fyre Festival and All I Got Was This Third-Degree Sunburn," 26 Apr. 2019 Obviously, complications ensue, and amidst all the complications are a whole lot of dates. Jessica Macleish, Teen Vogue, "A Ranking of All the Dates in Noah Centineo's "The Perfect Date"," 12 Apr. 2019 What ensued was a blend of individual and team success the Huskies hadn’t seen in close to a decade. Matt Calkins, The Seattle Times, "One sad day doesn’t change the solid foundation these Huskies have built," 24 Mar. 2019 The infant would be resuscitated if that’s what the mother and the family desired, and then a discussion would ensue between the physicians and mother. William Mcgurn, WSJ, "Ralph Northam ‘Apologizes’," 11 Feb. 2019 What ensues is the first proper slutty phase of my adult life. Maya Singer, Vogue, "My Best Dating Story," 8 Feb. 2019 When the pilot is forced to leave the plane to increase his odds of being rescued, movie hijinks do not ensue. Kevin Dupzyk, Popular Mechanics, "8 Essential Tips from 'Arctic,' the Best Survival Movie in Years," 1 Feb. 2019 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

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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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