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 Junior Kalen King picked up the ensuing kickoff near the sideline and returned it 78 yards for a touchdown as Cass Tech won, 46-28, to move into this week’s regional championship game at Sterling Heights Stevenson. Mick Mccabe, Detroit Free Press, "Mick McCabe: Detroit Cass Tech benefits from advice from 'Bink' and a key kickoff return," 10 Nov. 2019 Ohio State reclaimed possession immediately when Blake Haubeil pooched the ensuing kickoff and Chris Olave recovered at the Terps’ 42-yard line. Bob Baptist, baltimoresun.com, "No. 1 Ohio State dominates Maryland, 73-14, handing Terps their fifth straight loss," 9 Nov. 2019 Texas gave those points right back, however, allowing freshman Joshua Youngblood to return the ensuing kickoff 97 yards for a score. Nick Moyle, ExpressNews.com, "Texas defense shows signs of life in win over No. 16 Kansas State," 9 Nov. 2019 One play after the ensuing kickoff, Berry stripped the ball from running back Jordon Ingram and returned it 40 yards for a score. Robert Ladnier, al, "Grayson Myles boots St. Paul’s past Sidney Lanier in Class 6A playoffs," 9 Nov. 2019 In the ensuing chaos, hundreds of people were marked missing, and stayed that way for weeks. Tessa Love, Longreads, "California Burning," 8 Nov. 2019 Ferguson didn’t say anything, just panted, nodded again with a smile and regathered his helmet, ready to take the field on defense after the ensuing kickoff. David J. Kim, The Courier-Journal, "Running back Jordan Ferguson carries the Red Devils to a playoff win over New Albany," 2 Nov. 2019 Cordarrelle Patterson returned the ensuing kickoff 102 yards for a touchdown, giving the Bears a spark. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Sloppy Bears lose 36-25 to Saints," 20 Oct. 2019 Dom Stockle caught the ensuing kickoff and then flipped the ball to teammate Joel Jones who ran 90-yards for the game-winning touchdown with 27 seconds left in the game. cleveland, "See how the cleveland.com Top 25 high school football teams fared in Week 7, Oct. 11, 2019," 12 Oct. 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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15 Nov 2019

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The first known use of ensue was in the 14th century

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How to pronounce ensue (audio)

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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