en·sue | \in-ˈsü, 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 Caps scored on the ensuing power play, fully restoring their four-goal lead. Tyler Horka, SI.com, "Stanley Cup Final: Capitals Roll to Game 4 Win, 3-1 Series Lead Over Golden Knights," 4 June 2018 At the end of the parade, they were escorted by police officers to a nearby parking garage, where many of them had left their vehicles, to avoid any violence that may have ensued with Israel supporters. Shiryn Solny, Jewish Journal, "Thousands cheer Israel's anniversary with signs, song and wonder," 4 June 2018 Washington cashed in on the ensuing power play with the night’s prettiest goal. Adam Candee, Detroit Free Press, "2018 NHL Stanley Cup Finals: Golden Knights-Capitals Game 2 observations," 30 May 2018 Tampa Bay’s Steven Stamkos then scored on the ensuing power play to give the Lightning a 2-1 lead. Kevin Allen, USA TODAY, "Bad NHL officiating strikes again as Lightning score after phantom high-sticking call," 13 May 2018 During the scramble in front, Dupuy committed a slashing penalty and Florida scored on the ensuing power play on a goal from Gus Young, then added a debilitating goal 1:33 later from Brett Bulme to seal the deal. Steve T. Gorches, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Solar Bears fall 5-1 at home to Everblades, trail series 3-0," 4 May 2018 On the ensuing play, Embiid blocked Winslow’s shot and fired back with his own trash talk. Keith Pompey, Philly.com, "Sixers' Marco Belinelli on Game 5: 'It's going to be another war'," 24 Apr. 2018 Murray then made all three free throws to tie it with 2.8 seconds left, Bucks point guard Eric Bledsoe stepped out of the bounds on the ensuing play and the Nuggets' Nikola Jokic missed a shot to bring on overtime. Matt Velazquez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Nuggets 128, Bucks 125 (OT): The final comeback belongs to Denver," 1 Apr. 2018 On the ensuing play, the Heat’s inbounds pass by Justise Winslow was deflected by Biyombo and stolen by Evan Fournier as time expired. Andre C. Fernandez, miamiherald, "Heat comeback falls short again and suffers season-worst fourth consecutive defeat," 5 Feb. 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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English Language Learners Definition of ensue

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


en·sue | \in-ˈsü \
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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a state of commotion or excitement

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