What does pursue mean?

Definitions for pursue
pərˈsupur·sue

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

Princeton's WordNet

  1. prosecute, engage, pursueverb

    carry out or participate in an activity; be involved in

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

  2. pursue, followverb

    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, pursueverb

    go in search of or hunt for

    "pursue a hobby"

  4. pursue, follow up on, act onverb

    carry further or advance

    "Can you act on this matter soon?"

Wiktionary

  1. pursueverb

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

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

  2. pursueverb

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

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

  3. pursueverb

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

    Her rival pursued a quite different course.

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

  4. pursueverb

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

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

  5. pursueverb

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

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Pursueverb

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

  2. Pursueverb

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

  3. Pursueverb

    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. Pursueverb

    to prosecute; to be engaged in; to continue

  5. Pursueverb

    to follow as an example; to imitate

  6. Pursueverb

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

  7. Pursueverb

    to go in pursuit; to follow

  8. Pursueverb

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

  9. Pursueverb

    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.]

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  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

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Numerology

  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

Examples of pursue in a Sentence

  1. Emeasoba George:

    Be grateful to God (Almighty) for what you have achieved already, while you pursue all that you still want to achieve. -Emeasoba George

  2. William Schaffner:

    The air seems to have gone out of the hydroxychloroquine balloon I'm afraid, i'd be surprised if there were many patients and their families or doctors who would want to pursue using hydroxychloroquine.

  3. Aleksandar Vucic:

    We would like to preserve good relations with Russia as well (as pursue EU membership).

  4. Mohammad Javad Zarif:

    America never should have feared Iran producing a nuclear bomb, but we will pursue vigorously our nuclear enrichment. If they want to fear anything its up to them.

  5. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx:

    We are on the cusp of a new era in automotive technology with enormous potential to save lives, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and transform mobility for the American people, today's actions, and those we will pursue in the coming months, will provide the foundation and the path forward for manufacturers, state officials, and consumers to use new technologies and achieve their full safety potential.

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a state of irritation or annoyance
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