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

Examples of ensue in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The worst-case scenario is that a cascading effect will ensue, rendering certain orbits completely unusable. Scientific American, "Adaptive Optics Branches Out," 15 Mar. 2021 Two adults can fit in a full bed but this probably isn’t ideal — fights over the covers or who's encroaching on whose side of the bed will likely ensue. Lauren Corona, chicagotribune.com, "How to pick a mattress," 10 Mar. 2021 Reacting to the potential violence that could ensue from confusion or disagreements over mask rules, Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo reminded residents this week that businesses have the right to implement their own mandates. Washington Post, "A Mexican restaurant in Texas kept its mask rule. People threatened to call ICE on the staff.," 7 Mar. 2021 Reacting to the potential violence that could ensue from confusion or disagreements over mask rules, Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo reminded residents this week that businesses have the right to implement their own mandates. Meryl Kornfield, BostonGlobe.com, "A Mexican restaurant in Texas kept its mask rule. People threatened to call ICE on the staff," 7 Mar. 2021 Romantic complications ensue when a student poses as her twin brother and replaces him at his boarding school. Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV this week: ‘Lust for Life’; ‘Platoon’ and more," 5 Mar. 2021 If lease administration is not carried out properly, costly mistakes will ensue. Uriel Barillas, Forbes, "How Technology Can Be Used To Avoid These Six Lease Administration Mistakes," 3 Mar. 2021 Even many Russians who agree with Mr. Navalny’s description of the ruling elite as corrupt still fear that chaos would ensue were Mr. Putin forced to give up power. New York Times, "As Protests Grip Russia, Putin Critics of Many Stripes Rally Around Navalny," 30 Jan. 2021 Chaos will inevitably ensue, but Olivia will be there to keep things under control. Ineye Komonibo, refinery29.com, "Is It Me, Or Does Little Olivia Look…Different In The Princess Switch: Switched Again?," 19 Nov. 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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The first known use of ensue was in the 14th century

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“Ensue.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ensue. Accessed 11 Apr. 2021.

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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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