What does prosecute mean?

Definitions for prosecute
ˈprɒs ɪˌkyutpros·e·cute

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. prosecuteverb

    conduct a prosecution in a court of law

  2. prosecuteverb

    bring a criminal action against (in a trial)

    "The State of California prosecuted O.J. Simpson"

  3. prosecute, engage, pursueverb

    carry out or participate in an activity; be involved in

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

Wiktionary

  1. prosecuteverb

    To start civil or criminal proceedings against.

    Etymology: From prosecutus, perfect participle of prosequor. Compare persecute.

  2. prosecuteverb

    To charge, try.

    Etymology: From prosecutus, perfect participle of prosequor. Compare persecute.

  3. prosecuteverb

    To pursue something to the end.

    Etymology: From prosecutus, perfect participle of prosequor. Compare persecute.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Prosecuteverb

    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

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

  2. Prosecuteverb

    to seek to obtain by legal process; as, to prosecute a right or a claim in a court of law

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

  3. Prosecuteverb

    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

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

  4. Prosecuteverb

    to follow after

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

  5. Prosecuteverb

    to institute and carry on a legal prosecution; as, to prosecute for public offenses

    Etymology: [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.]

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. prosecute

    To carry on; to continue; as, to prosecute the war. Also, to accuse of some crime or breach of law, or to pursue for punishment before a legal tribunal; to proceed against judicially.

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

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  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

Examples of prosecute in a Sentence

  1. Dave Aronberg:

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

  2. Angela Merkel:

    We will prosecute anti-Semitic crimes by all legal means, and attacks on mosques will be prosecuted rigorously, because we won't be divided by those using Islamist terrorism to cast suspicion on all Muslims in Germany.

  3. Anne Richards:

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

  4. Clarence Thomas:

    , } The woman, we all know, was Anita Hill. And I was there as her story unfolded. Twenty-seven years ago, on Yom Kippur eve, I testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee in my role as President of the Women's Legal Defense Fund, which became National Partnership for Women Families for Women Families. I was joined by wonderful colleagues, including Professor Patricia King of Georgetown University and Marcia Greenberger, co-president of the National Women's Law Center. At the time I testified that Judge Clarence Thomas appeared to lack a demonstrated commitment to equal justice. I stated that Judge Clarence Thomas record cast grave doubt on Judge Clarence Thomas commitment to affirm and support fundamental principles of equal employment opportunity, the constitutional protections against gender discrimination and reproductive freedom. Judge Clarence Thomas record had shown an extensive pattern of disregard of principles of fundamental importance to women and Women Families. The ugly double standard over Kavanaughs so-called youthRead MoreOf course, the parallels between then and now are unmistakable. Shortly after my testimony, Hill's story was leaked to the press, and Anita Hill was asked to testify before the Senate. What happened next continues to be one of the most disgraceful episodes in our country's modern history. Anita Hill came before the Senate and was greeted by an all-male panel, led by Republicans who sought to prosecute Anita Hill, while Democrats, at best, remained neutral fact-finders. This phony trial resulted in a gross imbalance of power and meant that no one defended Anita Hill and no one prosecuted Judge Clarence Thomas. What was on trial was not the fitness of Judge Clarence Thomas to be the next Supreme Court justice but instead Hill's moral character and reputation as a woman. Immediately after the hearing, it was branded as a.

  5. President Hassan Rouhani:

    Further investigation is needed to identify all the causes and roots of this tragedy and prosecute the perpetrators of this unforgivable mistake and inform the honorable people of Iran and the families of the victims about it, it is also necessary to adopt the required arrangements and measures to address the weaknesses of the country's defense systems to make sure such a disaster is never repeated.

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