Other forms: ensued; ensuing; ensues

If something happens after something else, it will ensue, meaning it will follow after or be the result. When a sneeze comes out, and he hears the "Achoo!," a "Bless you" or "Gesundheit" soon will ensue.

One way to remember the verb ensue is to rhyme it with "due." A happening that is due to happen will ensue, "Throwing a glass of ice water in his face guaranteed that a chase would ensue." Often what follows is a response to words or actions, so what will ensue is what will happen as a consequence. A struggle might ensue if a thief grabs a purse, and a discussion might ensue if two sides disagree.

Definitions of ensue
  1. verb
    issue or terminate (in a specified way, state, etc.); end
    synonyms: result
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    happen as a result
    be due, flow from
    be the result of
    fall out, follow
    come as a logical consequence; follow logically
    come after, follow
    come after in time, as a result
    type of:
    prove, turn out, turn up
    be shown or be found to be
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