What does prosecute mean?

Definitions for prosecuteˈprɒs ɪˌkyut

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word prosecute.

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"


  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

  6. Origin: [L. prosecutus, p. p. of prosequi to follow, pursue. See Pursue.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Prosecute

    pros′ē-kūt, v.t. to follow onwards or pursue, in order to reach or accomplish: to continue: to pursue by law: to bring before a court.—v.i. to carry on a legal prosecution.—ns. Prosecū′tion, the act of prosecuting or pursuing, esp. a civil or criminal suit: the party by which legal proceedings are instituted; Pros′ecūtor, one who prosecutes or pursues any plan or business: one who carries on a civil or criminal suit:—fem. Pros′ecūtrix.—Public prosecutor, a person whose duty it is to conduct prosecutions in the public interest. [L. prosequipro, onwards, sequi, secutus, to follow.]

British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'prosecute' in Verbs Frequency: #1065


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of prosecute in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of prosecute in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Donald Trump on Wednesday:

    She ought to prosecute herself.

  2. Beverly Giannonatti:

    It is our goal to prosecute to the fullest.

  3. Prosecutor Gisela Sjovall:

    For me, there are no doubts about the decision not to prosecute.

  4. Dave Aronberg:

    This is a prime example of animal cruelty, we will find you, and we will prosecute you.

  5. Anne Richards:

    White collar crime is extremely difficult to prosecute, especially in finance, due to its complexity.

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