conduct a prosecution in a court of law
bring a criminal action against (in a trial)
"The State of California prosecuted O.J. Simpson"
prosecute, engage, pursue(verb)
carry out or participate in an activity; be involved in
"She pursued many activities"; "They engaged in a discussion"
To start civil or criminal proceedings against.
To charge, try.
To pursue something to the end.
Origin: From prosecutus, perfect participle of prosequor. Compare persecute.
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
to seek to obtain by legal process; as, to prosecute a right or a claim in a court of 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 riot
to follow after
to institute and carry on a legal prosecution; as, to prosecute for public offenses
Origin: [L. prosecutus, p. p. of prosequi to follow, pursue. See Pursue.]
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
pros′ē-kūt, v.t. to follow onwards or pursue, in order to reach or accomplish: to continue: to pursue by law: to bring before a court.—v.i. to carry on a legal prosecution.—ns. Prosecū′tion, the act of prosecuting or pursuing, esp. a civil or criminal suit: the party by which legal proceedings are instituted; Pros′ecūtor, one who prosecutes or pursues any plan or business: one who carries on a civil or criminal suit:—fem. Pros′ecūtrix.—Public prosecutor, a person whose duty it is to conduct prosecutions in the public interest. [L. prosequi—pro, onwards, sequi, secutus, to follow.]
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Rank popularity for the word 'prosecute' in Verbs Frequency: #1065
The numerical value of prosecute in Chaldean Numerology is: 7
The numerical value of prosecute in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5
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