July 22, 2016
- ensue (verb)
- What does it mean?
- : to come at a later time or as a result : follow
- How do you use it?
- Citywide celebrations ensued after the team won the state championship.
- Are you a word wiz?
Which one of these words do you think is a synonym of "ensue"?Congratulations will ensue if you picked C. Both "ensue" and "succeed" mean to come after something or someone. "Ensue" suggests a logical result or naturally expected development. ("After the talk, a general discussion ensued.") "Succeed," meanwhile, implies a coming after immediately in a series governed by natural order, inheritance, election, or laws of rank. ("He succeeded his father as king.") "Supervene," another synonym, indicates the following or beginning of something unexpected. ("She was unable to continue because of supervening circumstances.")