Definitions for pursuepərˈsu
This page provides all possible meanings and translations of the word pursue
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
(v.t.)to follow in order to overtake, capture, kill, etc.; chase.
to follow close upon; attend:
Bad luck pursued us.
to strive to attain or accomplish (a goal, purpose, etc.).
to proceed in accordance with (a method, plan, etc.).
to carry on or continue (a course of action, inquiry, etc.):
to pursue one's studies.
to continue to annoy or trouble.
to practice (an occupation or pastime).
to continue to discuss (a subject).
to pursue a river to its source.
(v.i.)to follow in pursuit.
Origin of pursue:
1250–1300; ME < AF pursuer蠐 L prōsequī to pursue, follow, continue. See pro -1, sue , prosecute
prosecute, engage, pursue(verb)
carry out or participate in an activity; be involved in
"She pursued many activities"; "They engaged in a discussion"
follow in or as if in pursuit
"The police car pursued the suspected attacker"; "Her bad deed followed her and haunted her dreams all her life"
quest for, go after, quest after, pursue(verb)
go in search of or hunt for
"pursue a hobby"
pursue, follow up on, act on(verb)
carry further or advance
"Can you act on this matter soon?"
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
to try to achieve
women pursuing careers in politics
to chase or run after
police pursuing a vehicle at high speed
To follow with harmful intent; to try to harm, to persecute, torment.
To follow urgently, originally with intent to capture or harm; to chase.
To follow, travel down (a particular way, course of action etc.).
Her rival pursued a quite different course.
To aim for, go after (a specified objective, situation etc.).
To participate in (an activity, business etc.); to practise, follow (a profession).
Origin: From pursuer, poursuire et al., porsuir, from prosequi (though influenced by persequi).
to follow with a view to overtake; to follow eagerly, or with haste; to chase; as, to pursue a hare
to seek; to use or adopt measures to obtain; as, to pursue a remedy at law
to proceed along, with a view to some and or object; to follow; to go in; as, Captain Cook pursued a new route; the administration pursued a wise course
to prosecute; to be engaged in; to continue
to follow as an example; to imitate
to follow with enmity; to persecute; to call to account
to go in pursuit; to follow
to go on; to proceed, especially in argument or discourse; to continue
to follow a matter judicially, as a complaining party; to act as a prosecutor
British National Corpus
Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'pursue' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4672
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'pursue' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4153
Rank popularity for the word 'pursue' in Verbs Frequency: #425
Translations for pursue
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
to follow especially in order to catch or capture; to chase
They pursued the thief through the town.
- volg, jaagAfrikaans
- perseguirPortuguese (BR)
- forfølge; jageDanish
- καταδιώκω, κυνηγώGreek
- تعقیب کردنFarsi
- לִרדוֹף אַחֲרֵיHebrew
- पीछा करनाHindi
- veita eftirförIcelandic
- vytis, persekiotiLithuanian
- forfølge, jage (etter)Norwegian
- تعقیب کردنPersian
- پسى كيدل،تعقيبولPashto
- a urmăriRomanian
- förfölja, jagaSwedish
- peşine düşmek, takip etmekTurkish
- 追捕，追蹤Chinese (Trad.)
- переслідувати; гнатисяUkrainian
- پيچھا کرنا، تعاقب کرناUrdu
- đuổi, truy bắtVietnamese
- 追捕，追踪Chinese (Simp.)
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