ensue

verb
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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Because legally mandated spending on unemployment insurance and other safety net programs tends to rise when growth slows, wider budget deficits and more Treasury debt could ensue. Daniel Kruger, WSJ, "Bond Indexes Bend Under Weight of Treasury Debt," 28 Nov. 2018 Here is some of what ensues: Heist keeps an opossum with a UTI in his desk drawer. Constance Grady, Vox, "Jonathan Lethem’s Feral Detective is a mess. But it’s a fun mess.," 27 Nov. 2018 Together with impressive baking skills, intricate handshakes, imposing royal manners and — spoiler alert — double the happy endings, hijinks and hilarity ensue in The Princess Switch, with or without the bloopers. Sara Delgado, Teen Vogue, "Fans Spotted Mistakes in Netflix's "The Princess Switch," Including Vanessa Hudgens's Body Double," 19 Nov. 2018 In the film, the two play best friends on the run in Europe after one of them gets dumped by a spy (naturally) and shenanigans ensue. Sally Holmes, Marie Claire, "Watch Mila Kunis and Kate McKinnon Play 'How Well Do You Know Your Co-Star?'," 30 July 2018 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

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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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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 \
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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