Definition of ensue in English:



  • Happen or occur afterwards or as a result.

    ‘the difficulties which ensued from their commitment to Cuba’
    ‘there were repeated clashes in the ensuing days’
    • ‘A long argument will ensue between you and the cabbie and will result in you resolving never to take a cab again.’
    • ‘It is not the same as advanced development, although such development often ensues.’
    • ‘It must ensue as a result of one's dedication to a cause greater than oneself.’
    • ‘The champagne would flow and the seductive conversation would ensue.’
    • ‘Excited discussion ensued, the result of which was that we decided to dive again the next day.’
    • ‘Even more rumours would ensue, thus issuing the greater need to move as soon as possible.’
    • ‘A chase ensued and the men eventually abandoned the car and escaped into a forested area.’
    • ‘Slightly raised eyebrows and the rolling of eyes ensued as a result of his less than pleasant remark.’
    • ‘Things would go back to normal for a while but then another fight would ensue.’
    • ‘Consequently, there can be a lot of competition during the negotiations that ensue afterwards.’
    • ‘We just laugh at the very idea of the fight that would ensue at the end of this.’
    • ‘Another tragedy ensues, after which he gives himself up to imprisonment for some years.’
    • ‘Arguments then ensue about physical presence and virtual absence.’
    • ‘The clash ensues, with casualties on both sides, as people fall having been speared and hit by poison arrows.’
    • ‘Please visit the original post in order to read the many reactions that ensued.’
    • ‘The bandits attack, a bloodbath ensues, and casualties are heavy.’
    • ‘The film takes the myth of the werewolf and transplants it into a small-town community and carnage ensues.’
    • ‘There was a fine crowd present and a positive discussion ensued on proposed changes.’
    • ‘A short brisk fight ensued before he slipped the net under a nice plump rainbow trout.’
    • ‘Riots ensue and protesters issue a call for the government to step down.’
    result, follow, develop, stem, spring, arise, derive, evolve, proceed, emerge, emanate, issue, flow
    occur, happen, take place, surface, crop up, spring up, present itself, come next, come about, transpire, supervene
    be caused by, be brought about by, be produced by, originate in, accompany, be attended by, be consequent on, come after
    supervene on
    come to pass, befall, betide
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Late Middle English (formerly also as insue): from Old French ensivre, from Latin insequi, based on sequi follow.