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

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What ensued was two years of distinctly unapologetic chaos: An unexpected election, a weak minority government, a revolving door of Brexit ministers, 43 government resignations. Sahil Handa, National Review, "Reclaiming Britishness from the Brexit Debacle," 10 June 2019 At deuce in the ensuing game, a shower came, causing a delay of more than an hour. Howard Fendrich, chicagotribune.com, "Dominic Thiem ends Novak Djokovic's Grand Slam winning streak to reach French Open final," 8 June 2019 Tied in sets with Wawrinka, seeing break point after break point evaporate and squandering two set points at 5-4 in the third, Federer then faced two break points in the ensuing game. Ravi Ubha, CNN, "Federer, Nadal to meet at French Open for first time since 2011," 4 June 2019 What ensued was an on-stage dance party made up of everyone from children to adults in tutus. Crystal Hill, Indianapolis Star, "These were the best moments from Lizzo’s Indy Pride performance," 29 May 2019 What ensues is an undeniable dance gem from a pair that never disappoints. Natalie Maher, Harper's BAZAAR, "16 Beach Songs You'll Want to Put on Repeat All Summer," 24 May 2019 In the ensuing weeks, Ocasio-Cortez and Sunrise pushed incoming members of Congress to sign on to the GND Select Committee plan. David Roberts, Vox, "The Green New Deal, explained," 21 Dec. 2018 In the ensuing weeks, he had been deported to El Salvador. Anna-catherine Brigida, Washington Post, "Salvadoran deportee finally reunited with his separated daughter," 29 June 2018 The new and improved Google AI will make its way to devices this fall, but that doesn't mean a brave new world of voice will immediately ensue. Darren Orf, Popular Mechanics, "Google Just Proved That Our Voice Is the Ultimate UI," 7 May 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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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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