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Meaning of PROSECUTE

Pronunciation:  'prâsu`kyoot

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  carry out or participate in an activity; be involved in; "She pursued many activities"; "They engaged in a discussion"
  2. [v]  bring a criminal action against (in a trial); "The State of California prosecuted O.J. Simpson"
  3. [v]  conduct a prosecution in a court of law

PROSECUTE is a 9 letter word that starts with P.


 Synonyms: engage, pursue
 Antonyms: defend, represent
 See Also: act, close, move, politick



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Pros"e*cute\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Prosecuted}; p.
    pr. & vb. n. {Prosecuting}.] [L. prosecutus, p. p. of
    prosequi to follow, pursue. See {Pursue}.]
    1. To follow or pursue with a view to reach, execute, or
       accomplish; to endeavor to obtain or complete; to carry
       on; to continue; as, to prosecute a scheme, hope, or
             I am beloved Hermia; Why should not I, then,
             prosecute my right ?                  --Shak.
    2. To seek to obtain by legal process; as, to prosecute a
       right or a claim in a court of law.
    3. (Law) To pursue with the intention of punishing; to accuse
       of some crime or breach of law, or to pursue for redress
       or punishment, before a legal tribunal; to proceed against
       judicially; as, to prosecute a man for trespass, or for a
             To acquit themselves and prosecute their foes.
  2. \Pros"e*cute\, v. i.
    1. To follow after. [Obs.] --Latimer.
    2. (Law) To institute and carry on a legal prosecution; as,
       to prosecute for public offenses. --Blackstone.