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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What ensued was a one-year consulting term—part courting period, part audition. Chloe Malle, WSJ, "How Designer Wes Gordon is Reimagining Carolina Herrera for the Next Generation," 6 Dec. 2018 What ensued was some confusion — on Cornyn’s part, who had seemingly forgotten the timeline Ford presented in her testimony. Tara Golshan, Vox, "Sen. Dianne Feinstein says she and her staff did not leak Christine Blasey Ford’s letter," 28 Sep. 2018 First diagnosed at age six, Veronin developed coping tricks over the ensuing decades, such as double-checking the color of a particular garment with the store clerk before purchasing. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Spanish scientists: EnChroma glasses won’t fix your color blindness," 6 Nov. 2018 Why Verge readers might care: John Carpenter’s 1978 film Halloween was a genre-defining classic, but in the ensuing decades, the franchise has been run into the ground through various sequels and reboots. Tasha Robinson, The Verge, "The Verge fall movie preview, October 2018," 5 Sep. 2018 But if Perry is baffling, that is as nothing compared to what ensues in Juliet’s foray into espionage. Katherine A. Powers, WSJ, "‘Transcription’ Review: Heard During Wartime," 20 Sep. 2018 On ensuing the batter, first basemen Tim Arnold missed an easy out for another error that allowed the Raiders to score two more unearned runs. Karl Capen, BostonGlobe.com, "Central Catholic relishes its experience in win over Mansfield," 7 June 2018 Soon, the group encounters explosive amounts of violence ensuing in the surrounding hallways. Josh Wigler, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Westworld' Subverts Shogun World Expectations With a Clever Detour," 6 May 2018 Over the ensuing three years, Malaysian opposition politicians and human rights groups complained about an erosion of civil liberties in the country. Yantoultra Ngui, WSJ, "Najib Razak, Malaysia’s Fallen Leader, Is Arrested and Charged in 1MDB Scandal," 4 July 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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