Prosecute is defined as to have a criminal case against someone, or to pursue or keep doing something.verb
- An example of to prosecute is to hold a court case against someone for murder.
- An example of to prosecute is to engage in a project until its end.
- to follow up or pursue (something) to a conclusion: to prosecute a war with vigor
- to carry on; engage in
- to institute legal proceedings against, or conduct criminal proceedings in court against
- to try to get, enforce, etc. by legal process: to prosecute a claim
Origin: ME prosecuten < L prosecutus, pp. of prosequi < pro-, pro- + sequi, to follow: see sequent
- to institute and carry on a legal suit
- to act as prosecutor
- prosecutable adjective
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verb pros·e·cut·ed, pros·e·cut·ing, pros·e·cutes verb, transitive
- Law a. To initiate civil or criminal court action against.b. To seek to obtain or enforce by legal action.
- a. To pursue (an undertaking, for example) until completion; follow to the very end.b. To chase or pursue (a vessel): “He held a dispatch saying that [they] had prosecuted and probably killed an Echo-class missile submarine” (Tom Clancy).
- To carry on, engage in, or practice.
- To initiate and conduct legal proceedings.
- To act as prosecutor.
Origin: Middle English prosecuten, from Latin prōsequī, prōsecūt- : prō-, forward; see pro-1 + sequī, to follow; see sekw-1 in Indo-European roots.
- prosˈe·cutˌa·ble adjective