Definitions for pursuepərˈsu

This page provides all possible meanings and translations of the word pursue

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?"


  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

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Pursue

    pur-sū′, v.t. to follow after in order to overtake: to follow with haste: to chase: to follow up: to be engaged in: to carry on: to seek to obtain: to seek to injure: to imitate: to continue.—v.i. to follow: to go on or continue: to act as a prosecutor at law.—n. (Spens.) pursuit.—adj. Pursū′able.—n. Pursū′ance, the act of pursuing or following out: process: consequence.—adj. Pursū′ant, done while pursuing or seeking any purpose, hence agreeable.—adv. agreeably: conformably—also Pursū′antly.—n. Pursū′er, one who pursues: (Scots law) a plaintiff. [O. Fr. porsuir (Fr. poursuivre)—L. prosequi, -secutuspro, onwards, sequi, to follow.]

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


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of pursue in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of pursue in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Thomas Steinkraus-Koch:

    We will now pursue this suspicion.

  2. Debasish Mridha, M.D.:

    Never pursue happiness, just be happy.

  3. Mario Draghi:

    Not to pursue our mandate would be illegal.

  4. Naval Operations Admiral Michelle Howard:

    We do intend to pursue Lightning II. Absolutely.

  5. Debasish Mridha, M.D.:

    Never pursue happiness, just create it inside you.

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Translations for pursue

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • لاحقArabic
  • pronásledovatCzech
  • nachgehen, verfolgen, folgenGerman
  • perseguir, seguir, apuntar aSpanish
  • ahdistaa, seurata, pyrkiä, ajaa takaa, harjoittaaFinnish
  • poursuivreFrench
  • आगे बढ़ानेHindi
  • gyakorol, folytat, üldöz, űz, hajszolHungarian
  • մասնակցել, հետապնդել, նպատակ հետապնդելArmenian
  • mengejarIndonesian
  • cercare, perseguire, inseguire, praticare, perseguitare, attendere, tormentareItalian
  • បន្ត, តាមដេញ, មានគោលបំណងKhmer
  • 뒤쫓다Korean
  • volgen, najagen, achtervolgen, beoefenenDutch
  • ścigaćPolish
  • perseguir, procurarPortuguese
  • urmăriRomanian
  • преследоватьRussian
  • förföljaSwedish
  • hedeflemek, başlamak, kovalamakTurkish
  • pratiker, kitchessî, porshuve, fé, portchessîWalloon
  • 追求Chinese

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