Pursue

  • 1 pursue — pur‧sue [pəˈsjuː ǁ pərˈsuː] verb [transitive] 1. to do something or try to achieve something over a long period of time: • She plans to pursue a career in politics. • Aptech intends to pursue its goal of becoming the market leader. 2. pursue the… …

    Financial and business terms

  • 2 Pursue — Pur*sue , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Pursued}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Pursuing}.] [OE. pursuen, porsuen, OF. porsivre, poursuivre, poursuir, F. poursuivre, fr. L. prosequi; pro forward + sequi to follow. See {Sue}, and cf. {Prosecute}, {Pursuivant}.] 1. To… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 pursue — [v1] chase, follow accompany, attend, badger, bait, bird dog*, bug, camp on the doorstep of*, chivy, dog*, fish*, give chase, go after, harass, harry, haunt, hound, hunt, hunt down, move behind, nose around*, oppress, persevere, persist, plague,… …

    New thesaurus

  • 4 pursue — I (carry on) verb adhere to, cling to, conduct, continue, cultivate, enact, engage, execute, follow, go in for, keep on, keep up, maintain, perform, permanere, persevere, persist, persistere, practice, proceed, prosecute, stick to II (chase) verb …

    Law dictionary

  • 5 pursue — [pər so͞o′, pərsyo͞o′] vt. pursued, pursuing [ME pursuen < OFr poursuir < VL prosequere, for L prosequi < pro , forth + sequi, to follow: see SEQUENT] 1. to follow in order to overtake, capture, or kill; chase 2. to proceed along, follow …

    English World dictionary

  • 6 Pursue — Pur*sue , v. i. 1. To go in pursuit; to follow. [1913 Webster] The wicked flee when no man pursueth. Prov. xxviii. 1. [1913 Webster] Men hotly pursued after the objects of their ambition. Earle. [1913 Webster] 2. To go on; to proceed, especially… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 7 pursue — late 13c., to follow with hostile intent, from Anglo Fr. pursuer, from O.Fr. poursuir (Mod. Fr. poursuivre), variant of porsivre, from V.L. *prosequare, from L. prosequi follow up (Cf. prosecute), from pro forward + sequi follow (see SEQUEL (Cf …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 8 pursue — *follow, chase, trail, tag, tail Analogous words: *persevere, persist: *practice, exercise: persecute, oppress (see WRONG vb) hound, ride, *bait, badger Contrasted words: flee, fly, *escape: avoid, evade, elude, shun (see …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 9 pursue — ► VERB (pursues, pursued, pursuing) 1) follow in order to catch or attack. 2) seek to attain (a goal). 3) engage in or continue with (an activity or course of action). 4) continue to investigate or discuss. DERIVATIVES …

    English terms dictionary

  • 10 pursue — verb 1 continue sth/try to achieve sth ADVERB ▪ further, still ▪ actively, aggressively, energetically, vigorously ▪ doggedly, relentlessly …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 11 pursue — [[t]pə(r)sju͟ː, su͟ː[/t]] ♦♦♦ pursues, pursuing, pursued 1) VERB If you pursue an activity, interest, or plan, you carry it out or follow it. [FORMAL] [V n] It became harder for women married to diplomats to pursue their own interests... [V n] He …

    English dictionary

  • 12 pursue */*/ — UK [pə(r)ˈsjuː] / US [pərˈsu] verb [transitive] Word forms pursue : present tense I/you/we/they pursue he/she/it pursues present participle pursuing past tense pursued past participle pursued 1) to follow a course of activity He wants to pursue a …

    English dictionary

  • 13 pursue — 01. An innocent bystander was killed by a car being [pursued] by the police in downtown Boston today. 02. His wife is [pursuing] a psychology degree at university. 03. Celebrities are constantly [pursued] by the media, and find it almost… …

    Grammatical examples in English

  • 14 pursue — pur|sue W2S3 [pəˈsju: US pərˈsu:] v [T] [Date: 1300 1400; : Anglo French; Origin: pursuer, from Old French poursuir, from Latin prosequi; PROSECUTE] 1.) to continue doing an activity or trying to achieve something over a long period of time… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 15 pursue — pur|sue [ pər su ] verb transitive ** 1. ) to follow a course of activity: He wants to pursue a career in medicine. They have continued to pursue a policy of repression. a ) to try to achieve something: We are working together to pursue a common… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 16 pursue — verb (pursued; pursuing) Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo French pursure, pursiure, from Latin prosequi, from pro forward + sequi to follow more at pro , sue Date: 14th century transitive verb 1. to follow in order to overtake, capture, kill …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 17 pursue — [13] Pursue is first cousin to prosecute. Both go back ultimately to Latin prōsequī ‘follow up, pursue’. This led fairly directly to English prosecute, but it also seems to have had a Vulgar Latin descendant *prōsequere, which purvey 404 passed… …

    The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • 18 pursue*/ — [pəˈsjuː] verb [T] 1) to do something, or to try to achieve something We re persuading both countries to pursue a peaceful solution.[/ex] He wants to pursue a career in medicine.[/ex] I intend to pursue the matter (= continue to try to achieve my …

    Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • 19 pursue — pur•sue [[t]pərˈsu[/t]] v. sued, su•ing 1) to follow in order to overtake, capture, kill, etc.; chase 2) to follow close upon; attend: Bad luck pursued us[/ex] 3) to strive to attain or accomplish (a goal, purpose, etc.) 4) to proceed in… …

    From formal English to slang

  • 20 pursue — [13] Pursue is first cousin to prosecute. Both go back ultimately to Latin prōsequī ‘follow up, pursue’. This led fairly directly to English prosecute, but it also seems to have had a Vulgar Latin descendant *prōsequere, which passed into English …

    Word origins