What does prosecute mean?

Definitions for prosecuteˈprɒs ɪˌkyut

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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"


  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

  6. Origin: [L. prosecutus, p. p. of prosequi to follow, pursue. See Pursue.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Prosecute

    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. prosequipro, onwards, sequi, secutus, to follow.]

British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

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


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of prosecute in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of prosecute in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Anne Richards:

    White collar crime is extremely difficult to prosecute, especially in finance, due to its complexity.

  2. Anthony Romero:

    Either you prosecute those who committed the torture or you grant the pardons. You don't pretend that the people who broke the law are not criminals.

  3. Modibo Bachir Walidu:

    Proceedings at the ICC take a lot of time. Perhaps Amnesty thinks we are doing nothing, or not enough to prosecute criminals, but I assure you that the government is determined to combat impunity.

  4. Xu Hong:

    So in this case, we can only think of other alternative methods, one way is to repatriate the relevant suspects through the mechanism of illegal immigration, the other way is to prosecute them in the United States, so the suspects can be tried under U.S. law.

  5. James Comeys:

    It is important to separate the roll of politics in setting priorities and the decision to prosecute cases. And in the Justice Department that is what we do on a daily basis, that is how are trained. So, it is not difficult for me, as deputy attorney general, you are move involved in policy making, but in terms of the principles of the department and how we conduct our investigations and who we prosecute, those decisions are going to be made in the same way they have always been made.

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