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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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 In the ensuing two-and-a-half years, Zidane won a staggering nine trophies and lost just 16 times in his 149 games in charge. Matias Grez, CNN, "Zinedine Zidane steps down as Real Madrid coach," 31 May 2018 That most of you haven’t heard much about Fi in the ensuing three years no doubt reflects the fact that very few phones are compatible with the service. Edward C. Baig, USA TODAY, "Project Fi from Google adds LG, Moto phones to thin portfolio," 30 May 2018 This grim connection to history has enabled the Theatre to survive the ensuing years while so many others have been demolished or converted to other purposes. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "There Are Secrets in the Texas Theatre," 25 May 2018 In the ensuing two years, however, the coach’s standing waned, capped by those qualifier losses. Chris Ballard, SI.com, "The Reflection, Future and Duality of Post-USMNT Jurgen Klinsmann," 16 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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to clear from alleged fault or guilt

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