The chihuahua pursues the border collie.
- 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.
transitive verb-·sued′, -·su′ing
- 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 try to have a romantic relationship with: 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 purseuen, pursuen from Anglo-Norman purseure, pursure from Vulgar Latin prōsequere from Latin prōsequī ; 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.]