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

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

show 4 types...
hide 4 types...
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

Sign up, it's free!

Whether you're a student, an educator, or a lifelong learner, Vocabulary.com can put you on the path to systematic vocabulary improvement.