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 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 Government funding lapses at midnight Friday and a partial, low-impact shutdown would ensue if Congress fails to pass a stopgap spending bill before then. Chicago Tribune Staff, chicagotribune.com, "Coronavirus in Illinois updates: State passes 15,000 deaths since beginning of COVID-19 pandemic; 7,377 new cases and 181 additional fatalities reported Friday," 18 Dec. 2020 The trade upheaval just 10 days before Britain’s post-Brexit transition period is due to end gave the country a foretaste of what could ensue. Alex Morales, Bloomberg.com, "Isolated U.K. Seeks to Reopen Trade Route After Days of Chaos," 21 Dec. 2020 Democrats wanted protections for workers, while Republicans warned against a slate of lawsuits that could ensue. Author: Rachel Siegel, Jeff Stein, Mike Debonis, Anchorage Daily News, "Here’s what’s in the new $900 billion pandemic stimulus package from Congress," 21 Dec. 2020 Democrats wanted protections for workers, while Republicans warned against a slate of lawsuits that could ensue. Washington Post, "Here’s what’s in the new $900 billion stimulus package," 20 Dec. 2020 Government funding lapses at midnight, and a partial, low-impact shutdown would ensue if Congress failed to pass a stopgap spending bill before then. Andrew Taylor, ajc, "Shutdown deadline looms over COVID-19 relief talks," 18 Dec. 2020 Of course, none of them are actually bakers (or have even baked before), and true to their characters, light shenanigans ensue. Anna Borges, SELF, "15 Shows, Movies, Games, Albums, and More That Are Getting Us Through the Holidays," 16 Dec. 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 6 Mar. 2021.

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More Definitions for ensue

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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