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, or defeat 2. to find or employ measures to obtain or accomplish ; seek <
pursue a goal
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3. to proceed along <
pursues a northern course
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4. a. to engage in <
pursue a hobby
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b. to follow up or proceed with <
pursue an argument
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5. to continue to afflict ; haunt <
was pursued by horrible memories
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6. chase II,1c <
pursued by dozens of fans
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intransitive verb to go in pursuit Synonyms: see chasepursuer noun

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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

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  • 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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