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


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


  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


to bring a legal action against

He was prosecuted for theft.

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