What does ensue mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. result, ensueverb

    issue or terminate (in a specified way, state, etc.); end

    "result in tragedy"


  1. ensueverb

    To follow (a leader, inclination etc.).

  2. ensueverb

    To occur afterwards, as a result or effect.

    Take three freshmen, 6 bottles of wine, and hilarity will ensue.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Ensueverb

    To follow; to pursue.

    Etymology: ensuiver, French.

    Flee evil, and do good; seek peace, and ensue it. Com. Pray.

    But now these Epicures begin to smile,
    And say, my doctrine is more safe than true;
    And that I fondly do myself beguile,
    While these receiv’d opinions I ensue. Davies.

  2. To Ensueverb

    Let this be granted, and it shall hereupon plainly ensue, that the light of Scripture once shining in the world, all other light of nature is therewith in such sort drowned, that now we need it not. Richard Hooker, b. ii. s. 4.

    The man was noble;
    But with his last attempt he wip’d it out,
    Destroy’d his country, and his name remains
    To the ensuing age abhorr’d. William Shakespeare, Coriolanus.

    Bishops are placed by collation of the king, without any precedent election or confirmation ensuing. John Hayward.

    Of worse deeds worse sufferings must ensue. John Milton, P. L.

    With mortal heat each other shall pursue;
    What wars, what wounds, what slaughter shall ensue! Dryd.

    Impute not then those ills which may ensue
    To me, but those who with incessant hate
    Pursue my life. Nicholas Rowe, Ambitious Stepmother.

    Then grave Clarissa graceful wav’d her fan;
    Silence ensu’d, and thus the nymph began. Alexander Pope.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Ensueverb

    to follow; to pursue; to follow and overtake

  2. Ensueverb

    to follow or come afterward; to follow as a consequence or in chronological succession; to result; as, an ensuing conclusion or effect; the year ensuing was a cold one

  3. Etymology: [OF. ensevre, OF. & F. ensuivre, fr. L. insequi; in + sequi to pursue. See Sue.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Ensue

    en-sū′, v.i. to follow, to come after: to result (with from).—v.t. (B., arch.) to follow after:—pr.p. ensū′ing; pa.p. ensūed′. [O. Fr. ensuir (Fr. ensuivre)—L. in, after, sequi, to follow.]

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  1. seuen

  2. unsee

  3. seenu

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of ensue in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of ensue in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of ensue in a Sentence

  1. John Thune:

    The Democrats are going to rue the day. If they go forward with this, they are going to rue the day because the nuclear winter that will ensue in the Senate if they move forward with this is, it's just going to be, it will completely paralyze the Senate.

  2. Volkswagen AG -LRB- VOWG_p:

    Those other courts rightly recognized the chaos that would ensue if thousands of localities can regulate manufacturers' updates of their software systems, which are an inherent feature of modern vehicles and, in this case, reduced emissions.

  3. Ben Carson:

    Irrational decisions and violence often ensue, with few legal consequences for the individuals involved. seven years ago, the country was promised change that it could believe in. The emptiness of that promise notwithstanding, real change ultimately resides in each of us.

  4. Wolfango Piccoli:

    Davutoglu's likely early exit as party leader and PM constitutes another episode that show that Erdogan's dominance over the AKP and the executive is absolute and unchallenged, in the short term policy paralysis will prevail and then, once a new party leader is elected, a more incisive effort to amend the constitution could ensue.

  5. Adriana Beltrn:

    It is going to ensue into a battle.

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