Definitions for prosecuteˈprɒs ɪˌkyut

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

pros•e•cuteˈprɒs ɪˌkyut(v.)-cut•ed, -cut•ing.

  1. (v.t.)to institute or conduct legal proceedings against (a person). to seek to conduct, obtain, or enforce by legal process.

    Category: Law

  2. to follow up or carry forward (an undertaking), usu. to completion:

    to prosecute a war.

  3. to carry on or practice.

  4. (v.i.)to institute and carry on a legal prosecution.

    Category: Law

  5. to act as prosecutor.

Origin of prosecute:

1400–50; late ME: to follow up, go on with < L prōsecūtus, ptp. of prōsequī to pursue, proceed with =prō-pro -1+sequī to follow

pros`e•cut`a•bil′i•ty(n.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. prosecute(verb)

    conduct a prosecution in a court of law

  2. prosecute(verb)

    bring a criminal action against (in a trial)

    "The State of California prosecuted O.J. Simpson"

  3. prosecute, engage, pursue(verb)

    carry out or participate in an activity; be involved in

    "She pursued many activities"; "They engaged in a discussion"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. prosecute(verb)ˈprɒs ɪˌkyut

    to officially charge with a crime and bring to court

    a court that prosecutes war criminals; a man being prosecuted for drug possession

Wiktionary

  1. prosecute(Verb)

    To start civil or criminal proceedings against.

  2. prosecute(Verb)

    To charge, try.

  3. prosecute(Verb)

    To pursue something to the end.

  4. Origin: From prosecutus, perfect participle of prosequor. Compare persecute.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Prosecute(verb)

    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 claim

  2. Prosecute(verb)

    to seek to obtain by legal process; as, to prosecute a right or a claim in a court of law

  3. Prosecute(verb)

    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 riot

  4. Prosecute(verb)

    to follow after

  5. Prosecute(verb)

    to institute and carry on a legal prosecution; as, to prosecute for public offenses

British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'prosecute' in Verbs Frequency: #1065


Translations for prosecute

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

prosecute(verb)

to bring a legal action against

He was prosecuted for theft.

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