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 The film follows two disparate Korean families, one rich and one poor, and all that ensues when the poor family cons its way into the lives of the wealthier one. Lisa Respers France, CNN, "'Parasite' the TV series is coming," 10 Feb. 2020 After guard Ish Smith hit a pullup 17-footer to put the Wizards within 115-110, Burks drew contact and made both ensuing free throws. Connor Letourneau, SFChronicle.com, "Alec Burks and Glenn Robinson III lead Warriors to win over Wizards," 3 Feb. 2020 In the early 2000s, a series of civil lawsuits against giant corporations illustrated the disastrous consequences that could ensue if a defendant failed to provide electronic evidence such as company emails or records. Will Young, ProPublica, "How Corporate Lawyers Made It Harder to Punish Companies That Destroy Electronic Evidence," 27 Jan. 2020 Bjelica hit the ensuing free throw to pull the Kings with three, 91-88, with 8:44 left. Duane Rankin, azcentral, "Phoenix Suns: Deandre Ayton has another high-low night against Sacramento Kings," 8 Jan. 2020 The ensuing free throw gave him 10 points in just 92 seconds. BostonGlobe.com, "Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown take control in Celtics rout - The Boston Globe," 21 Dec. 2019 Fultz made the ensuing free throw for a three-point play that cut a six-point deficit in half. Roy Parry, orlandosentinel.com, "Magic point guard Markelle Fultz continues to surge on offense," 24 Nov. 2019 He was fouled on the play, but missed the ensuing free throw. Jeff Mcdonald, ExpressNews.com, "For Spurs’ DeMar DeRozan, it’s play for pay," 24 Oct. 2019 Once Rudolph’s ensuing fourth-down throw fell incomplete, the 49ers sideline celebrated arguably the most important win in Levi’s Stadium’s six-year history. Cam Inman, The Mercury News, "49ers 24, Steelers 20: Studs and duds from fourth-quarter comeback," 22 Sep. 2019

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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 26 Feb. 2020.

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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 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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