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, 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?"

Wiktionary

  1. pursue(Verb)

    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. pursue(Verb)

    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. pursue(Verb)

    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. pursue(Verb)

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

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

  5. pursue(Verb)

    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. 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

How to pronounce pursue?

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How to say pursue in sign language?

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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. Aisha Tyler:

    All of them told me that they believed in me, and I believe in them, these women made me feel brave, they made me feel bold and energized and ready to pursue my dreams.

  2. Marie Yovanovitch:

    I had no agenda other than to pursue our stated foreign policy goals, i still find it difficult to comprehend that foreign and private interests were able to undermine U.S. interests in this way.

  3. Tony Perkins:

    These are the policies that he is going to pursue, he is absolutely committed to the issue of religious liberty.

  4. Robert Smith:

    This gives the parliament more tools to pursue its own vision, goals and objectives whatever they might be at any particular time, the recommendations set out in the agreement will result in the biggest transfer of power to the Scottish parliament since its establishment.

  5. Jason Chaffetz:

    Mr. Koskinen failed to testify truthfully. The statements that he made to Congress were false, it is imperative that this committee pursue all constitutional remedies. That may include contempt and it even may include impeachment of Mr. Koskinen.

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