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 ensuing, divisive banter quickly grabbed international attention within academia and conservative circles. Bruce Vielmetti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin Supreme Court sides with Marquette professor John McAdams in free speech case, orders university to reinstate him," 6 July 2018 What are the risks of allowing a trade war to ensue? Sean Illing, Vox, "Why you should give a shit about Trump’s tariffs, explained by an economic historian," 6 July 2018 After public outrage ensued with the circulation of pictures of children being held in caged enclosures at the border, Trump issued the executive order. Leah Brennan, baltimoresun.com, "'It’s not enough': Local organizers plan to rally against U.S. immigration practices," 27 June 2018 According to police, a vehicle pursuit ensued with the suspects, which ended when their BMW entered the Galleria's parking garage at around 12:20 p.m. At about 12:50 p.m., one suspect was apprehended, but two others escaped, police said last week. CBS News, "Actor says claims was racially profiled, mistakenly arrested at gunpoint," 13 June 2018 Later, an evening full of theatrics and Oprah-worthy surprises ensued throughout the dinner, which also saw Kith’s Ronnie Fieg, Theory’s Andrew Rosen, Longchamp, Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield, and the Jewelry Group all nabbing awards. Zachary Weiss, Vogue, "Tracee Ellis Ross and Lupita Nyong’o Profess Their Love for Accessories at the 2018 ACE Awards," 12 June 2018 Heat President Pat Riley suggested an intervention with Whiteside and coach Erik Spoelstra following the season, with discussions ensuing among the parties. Ira Winderman, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Hassan Whiteside stresses his 'grind is always happening'," 8 June 2018 If Trump declines an interview and Mueller subpoenas him, both sides face major risks in the Supreme Court battle that could be likely to ensue. Anchorage Daily News, "Despite Trump’s public bravado, his legal team readies for a showdown with Mueller," 5 June 2018 Realmuto’s double to left scored Yadiel Rivera, but the Marlins stranded runners on second and third when Starlin Castro grounded out on the ensuing at-bat. Andre C. Fernandez, miamiherald, "Lack of offense continues to plague Marlins as Nationals complete sweep, extend streak | Miami Herald," 27 May 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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