Definitions for pursuepərˈsu

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

pur•suepərˈsu(v.)-sued, -su•ing.

  1. (v.t.)to follow in order to overtake, capture, kill, etc.; chase.

  2. to follow close upon; attend:

    Bad luck pursued us.

  3. to strive to attain or accomplish (a goal, purpose, etc.).

  4. to proceed in accordance with (a method, plan, etc.).

  5. to carry on or continue (a course of action, inquiry, etc.):

    to pursue one's studies.

  6. to continue to annoy or trouble.

  7. to practice (an occupation or pastime).

  8. to continue to discuss (a subject).

  9. to follow:

    to pursue a river to its source.

  10. (v.i.)to follow in pursuit.

  11. to continue.

Origin of pursue:

1250–1300; ME < AF pursuer蠐 L prōsequī to pursue, follow, continue. See pro -1, sue , prosecute


Princeton's WordNet

  1. prosecute, engage, pursue(verb)

    carry out or participate in an activity; be involved in

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

  2. pursue, follow(verb)

    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"

  3. quest for, go after, quest after, pursue(verb)

    go in search of or hunt for

    "pursue a hobby"

  4. pursue, follow up on, act on(verb)

    carry further or advance

    "Can you act on this matter soon?"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. pursue(verb)ərˈsu

    to try to achieve

    women pursuing careers in politics

  2. pursueərˈsu

    to chase or run after

    police pursuing a vehicle at high speed


  1. pursue(Verb)

    To follow with harmful intent; to try to harm, to persecute, torment.

  2. pursue(Verb)

    To follow urgently, originally with intent to capture or harm; to chase.

  3. pursue(Verb)

    To follow, travel down (a particular way, course of action etc.).

    Her rival pursued a quite different course.

  4. pursue(Verb)

    To aim for, go after (a specified objective, situation etc.).

  5. pursue(Verb)

    To participate in (an activity, business etc.); to practise, follow (a profession).

  6. Origin: From pursuer, poursuire et al., porsuir, from prosequi (though influenced by persequi).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Pursue(verb)

    to follow with a view to overtake; to follow eagerly, or with haste; to chase; as, to pursue a hare

  2. Pursue(verb)

    to seek; to use or adopt measures to obtain; as, to pursue a remedy at law

  3. Pursue(verb)

    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

  4. Pursue(verb)

    to prosecute; to be engaged in; to continue

  5. Pursue(verb)

    to follow as an example; to imitate

  6. Pursue(verb)

    to follow with enmity; to persecute; to call to account

  7. Pursue(verb)

    to go in pursuit; to follow

  8. Pursue(verb)

    to go on; to proceed, especially in argument or discourse; to continue

  9. Pursue(verb)

    to follow a matter judicially, as a complaining party; to act as a prosecutor

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'pursue' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4672

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'pursue' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4153

  3. Verbs Frequency

    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.

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