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 Today, most of IATSE’s members have active paychecks on the line if a work stoppage were to ensue. Cynthia Littleton, Variety, 11 Oct. 2021 However if there is any glitch in the late activation of innate immunity, trouble is likely to ensue. William A. Haseltine, Forbes, 20 Sep. 2021 Chaos is about to ensue with the season finale of Starz's new hit series, Run the World. Bianca Betancourt, Harper's BAZAAR, 9 July 2021 Kelleher didn’t rate the chances of success worth the titanic political battle that was bound to ensue. Shawn Tully, Fortune, 5 July 2021 When the moratorium appeared to be over, housing advocates and government officials voiced concerns that large-scale evictions would ensue. Joel Zinberg, National Review, 4 Aug. 2021 When undisguised individuals appear and are recognized, disputes often ensue. Washington Post, 16 Sep. 2021 Similar curbs could ensue if the current outbreak spreads beyond Fujian. Time, 13 Sep. 2021 With much reliance on both teams’ rushing attacks, a game of inches might ensue. Dallas News, 9 Sep. 2021

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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 27 Oct. 2021.

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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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