Pursue
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 follow with a view to overtake; to follow eagerly, or with haste; to chase; as, to pursue a hare. [1913 Webster]

We happiness pursue; we fly from pain. --Prior. [1913 Webster]

The happiness of men lies in purswing, Not in possessing. --Longfellow. [1913 Webster]

2. To seek; to use or adopt measures to obtain; as, to pursue a remedy at law. [1913 Webster]

The fame of ancient matrons you pursue. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

4. To prosecute; to be engaged in; to continue. `` Insatiate to pursue vain war.'' --Milton. [1913 Webster]

5. To follow as an example; to imitate. [1913 Webster]

6. To follow with enmity; to persecute; to call to account. [1913 Webster]

The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have pursued me, they shall pursue you also. --Wyclif (John xv. 20). [1913 Webster]

Syn: To follow; chase; seek; persist. See {Follow}. [1913 Webster]


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  • 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

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  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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

  • 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

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