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 As soon as our visitor landed and settled in, the ceremonial unpacking of food treasures would ensue, and the deep green packages would reveal themselves and make their way into our pantry. Urmila Ramakrishnan, Bon Appétit, 17 May 2022 If Powell gets so low that Glen Canyon Dam can no longer generate electricity, an energy and water crisis could ensue. Sammy Rothstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 12 May 2022 Absolute chaos would ensue if from now on any of the 25 championship schedules can change just days before a game at the request of one team. Ben Thomas | Bthomas@al.com, al, 5 May 2022 But when Walker does speak, awkward moments can ensue. Sudhin Thanawala, ajc, 2 May 2022 The infant would be resuscitated if that’s what the mother and the family desired, and then a discussion would ensue between the physicians and the mother. Nate Hochman, National Review, 7 Feb. 2022 And while stargazers can continue to witness Venus and Jupiter separate across the sky after the May 1 conjunction, another rare phenomenon will ensue only months later. J.d. Simkins, Sunset Magazine, 21 Apr. 2022 This was just a preview of the controversy that could ensue depending on the final pick. Brendan Morrow, The Week, 29 July 2021 The more details that come out, the more the public understands the kind of attacks on basic US freedoms that could ensue if Trump were to win the presidency in 2024 or if his party picks a leader with similar autocratic tendencies. Stephen Collinson, CNN, 14 June 2021 See More

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ensue. Accessed 19 May. 2022.

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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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