ensue

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verb en·sue \in-ˈsü, en-\

Definition of ensue

ensued

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ensuing

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to strive to attain :  pursue I wander, seeking peace, and ensuing it — Rupert Brooke

  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  to take place afterward or as a result

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Origin and Etymology of ensue

Middle English, from Anglo-French ensivre (3rd singular ensiut), from en- + sivre to follow — more at sue


First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of ensue

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

ENSUE Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of ensue for English Language Learners

  • : to come at a later time : to happen as a result


ENSUE Defined for Kids

ensue

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verb en·sue \in-ˈsü\

Definition of ensue for Students

ensued

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ensuing

  1. :  to come after in time or as a result :  follow The show ended, and a long standing ovation ensued.



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