ensue
Pronunciation
  • (Australia) IPA: /ɛnˈsjʉː/
  • (British) IPA: /ɪnˈsjuː/, IPA: /ɪnˈʃuː/, IPA: /ɛnˈsjuː/, IPA: /ɛnˈʃuː/
  • (America) IPA: /ɪnˈsuː/
Verb

ensue (ensues, present participle ensuing; past and past participle ensued)

  1. (obsolete, transitive) To follow (a leader, inclination etc.). [15th-17th c.]
    • 1596, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, IV.ii:
      to ripenesse of mans state they grew: / Then shewing forth signes of their fathers blood, / They loued armes, and knighthood did ensew, / Seeking aduentures [...].
    • To ensue his example in doing the like mischief.
  2. (obsolete, transitive) To follow (in time), to be subsequent to. [15th-17th c.]
    • 1603, John Florio, translating Michel de Montaigne, Essays, III.11:
      Oh how many changes are like to ensue this reformation!
  3. (intransitive) To occur afterwards, as a result or effect. [from 16th c.]
    Give three freshmen six bottles of wine, and hilarity will ensue.
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