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.


  1. ensue

    To ensue means to happen or occur afterwards or as a result of another event. It is to follow in sequence, order, or time. This term is typically used when there is a cause-and-effect relationship between events.

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. Public Prosecutions Keriako Tobiko:

    Upon independent review...I have found no evidence to support the allegation about the alleged misappropriation of 250 billion shillings or any part thereof, further, I have found no evidence disclosing any criminality of any government officials. In the premises and, as matters stand now, there is no evidence upon which a prosecution may ensue.

  2. Democratic Rep. Antonio Delgado:

    People talk to each other in headlines, they engage in a fashion that allows for clickbait to ensue. There seems to be very little room for substantive debate on issues that we know are of critical importance. I want figure out how to own that space and be one of hopefully a growing group of individuals in DC who are committed to really doing the business of solutions oriented work.

  3. Joe Brusuelas:

    The tightening of lending standards and actual lending that’s going to ensue on the backside of this will cool the economy in a significant way, and that might.

  4. Adriana Beltrn:

    It is going to ensue into a battle.

  5. Brett Kavanaugh:

    Significant systemic benefits ensue from starting the statute of limitations clock when the state litigation in DNA testing cases like Reed’s has concluded.

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