- An example of pursue is trying to catch up with someone walking in front of you.
- An example of pursue is trying to get a married woman to leave her husband for you.
- An example of pursue is taking classes to get ahead in your career.
Pursue is defined as to follow or chase, to continue with or to try to get someone or something.
- to follow in order to overtake, capture, or kill; chase
- to proceed along, follow, or continue with (a specified course, action, plan, etc.)
- to try to find, get, win, etc.; strive for; seek after: to pursue success
- to have as one's occupation, profession, or study; devote oneself to
- to continue to annoy or distress; hound: pursued by bad luck
Origin of pursueMiddle English pursuen ; from Old French poursuir ; from Vulgar Latin prosequere, for Classical Latin prosequi ; from pro-, forth + sequi, to follow: see sequent
- to chase
- to go on; continue
verbpur·sued, pur·su·ing, pur·sues
- To follow in an effort to overtake or capture; chase: a fox that was pursued by hounds.
- To strive to gain or accomplish: pursue lofty political goals.
- To proceed along the course of; follow: a ship that pursued the southern course.
- a. To carry further; advance: Let's not pursue this argument.b. To take action regarding (something), especially with the intention of sustained effort: a detective who pursued each lead.c. To engage in (a vocation or hobby, for example); practice.
- To court: a lady who was pursued by many suitors.
- To continue to torment or afflict; haunt: was pursued by the demons of lust and greed.
- To follow in an effort to overtake or capture; chase.
- To take action regarding something or carry on an established activity or project.
Origin of pursueMiddle English pursuen, from Anglo-Norman pursuer, from Vulgar Latin *pr&omacron;sequere, from Latin pr&omacron;sequ&imacron;; see prosecute.
(third-person singular simple present pursues, present participle pursuing, simple past and past participle pursued)
- To follow urgently, originally with intent to capture or harm; to chase. [from 14th c.]
- To follow, travel down (a particular way, course of action etc.). [from late 14th c.]
- Her rival pursued a quite different course.
- To aim for, go after (a specified objective, situation etc.). [from late 14th c.]
- To participate in (an activity, business etc.); to practise, follow (a profession). [from 15th c.]