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. Nick Read:

    Vodafone is obviously a very high-quality anchor tenant and we've got very high-quality assets, and these opportunities don't come around there often, so people are very, very keen to pursue it with us.

  2. William Ruto:

    Our message to them is clear - you may sneak and attack innocent civilians. But for any attack on Kenya and its people, we shall pursue you wherever you go.

  3. EMEASOBA GEORGE:

    Life is a gift from God. And so, God is good. Because, he (God) gives us the privilege or the opportunity to pursue and realize our dreams, visions and aspirations. Thus, we should reciprocate his (God's) benevolence upon us by helping someone else or others as much as we can and as long as we live. ~Emeasoba George

  4. Christoph Mueller:

    We are not without our weapons. It's doable, and it depends on the vigor in which we pursue the cost reduction.

  5. Debasish Mridha, M.D.:

    Never pursue happiness, just create the happiness inside you.

Images & Illustrations of pursue

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