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Meaning of PURSUE

Pronunciation:  pur'soo

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  go in search of or hunt for; "pursue a hobby"
  2. [v]  follow in or as if in pursuit; "The police car pursued the suspected attacker"; "Her bad deed followed her and haunted her dreams all her life"
  3. [v]  carry out or participate in an activity; be involved in; "She pursued many activities"; "They engaged in a discussion"
  4. [v]  carry further or advance; "Can you act on this matter soon?"

PURSUE is a 6 letter word that starts with P.


 Synonyms: act on, engage, follow, follow up on, go after, prosecute, quest after, quest for
 See Also: act, chase, chase after, check out, close, dog, go, go after, haunt, locomote, look for, move, move, oppose, politick, react, run down, search, seek, stalk, tag, tail, track, trail, travel



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \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},
    1. To follow with a view to overtake; to follow eagerly, or
       with haste; to chase; as, to pursue a hare.
             We happiness pursue; we fly from pain. --Prior.
             The happiness of men lies in purswing, Not in
             possessing.                           --Longfellow.
    2. To seek; to use or adopt measures to obtain; as, to pursue
       a remedy at law.
             The fame of ancient matrons you pursue. --Dryden.
    3. To proceed along, with a view to some and or object; to
       follow; to go in; as, Captain Cook pursued a new route;
       the administration pursued a wise course.
    4. To prosecute; to be engaged in; to continue. `` Insatiate
       to pursue vain war.'' --Milton.
    5. To follow as an example; to imitate.
    6. To follow with enmity; to persecute; to call to account.
             The servant is not greater than his lord. If they
             have pursued me, they shall pursue you also.
                                                   --Wyclif (John
                                                   xv. 20).
    Syn: To follow; chase; seek; persist. See {Follow}.
  2. \Pur*sue"\, v. i.
    1. To go in pursuit; to follow.
             The wicked flee when no man pursueth. --Prov.
                                                   xxviii. 1.
             Men hotly pursued after the objects of their
             ambition.                             --Earle.
    2. To go on; to proceed, especially in argument or discourse;
       to continue.
    Note: [A Gallicism]
                I have, pursues Carneades, wondered chemists
                should not consider.               --Boyle.
    3. (Law) To follow a matter judicially, as a complaining
       party; to act as a prosecutor. --Burrill.