Definitions for pursuitpərˈsut

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. the act of pursuing.

  2. an effort to secure or attain; quest.

  3. an occupation or pastime one regularly engages in:

    literary pursuits.

Origin of pursuit:

1300–50; ME < AF purseute蠐 VL *prōsequita for L prōsecūta, fem. of prōsecūtus, ptp. of prōsequī to pursue ; cf. suit

Princeton's WordNet

  1. pursuit, chase, pursual, following(noun)

    the act of pursuing in an effort to overtake or capture

    "the culprit started to run and the cop took off in pursuit"

  2. pursuit, pursuance, quest(noun)

    a search for an alternative that meets cognitive criteria

    "the pursuit of love"; "life is more than the pursuance of fame"; "a quest for wealth"

  3. avocation, by-line, hobby, pursuit, sideline, spare-time activity(noun)

    an auxiliary activity

  4. pastime, interest, pursuit(noun)

    a diversion that occupies one's time and thoughts (usually pleasantly)

    "sailing is her favorite pastime"; "his main pastime is gambling"; "he counts reading among his interests"; "they criticized the boy for his limited pursuits"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. pursuit(noun)ərˈsut

    the act pursuing

    actions I took in pursuit of my goals

  2. pursuitərˈsut

    an act of chasing

    police dogs in pursuit of the suspect; as the pursuit continued

  3. pursuitərˈsut

    a leisure activity

    hiking and other outdoor pursuits


  1. pursuit(Noun)

    The act of pursuing.

  2. pursuit(Noun)

    A hobby or recreational activity, done regularly.

  3. pursuit(Noun)

    A discipline in track cycling where two opposing teams start on opposite sides of the track and try to catch their opponents.

  4. Origin: poursuite, from the verb porsuir.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Pursuit(verb)

    the act of following or going after; esp., a following with haste, either for sport or in hostility; chase; prosecution; as, the pursuit of game; the pursuit of an enemy

  2. Pursuit(verb)

    a following with a view to reach, accomplish, or obtain; endeavor to attain to or gain; as, the pursuit of knowledge; the pursuit of happiness or pleasure

  3. Pursuit(verb)

    course of business or occupation; continued employment with a view to same end; as, mercantile pursuits; a literary pursuit

  4. Pursuit(verb)



  1. Pursuit

    Pursuit is a single-player arcade game by Kee Games, originally released in 1975. The player plays a World War I flying ace who tries to shoot down enemy planes. Gameplay relies on a first person perspective representation. Pursuit also marks the first time Atari Inc. publicly acknowledged its relationship with Kee.

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. pursuit

    An offensive operation designed to catch or cut off a hostile force attempting to escape, with the aim of destroying it.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'pursuit' in Nouns Frequency: #2143

Translations for pursuit

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


the act of pursuing

The thief ran down the street with a policeman in (hot) pursuit.

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