- To sue is defined as to bring a legal action against a person or an organization.
An example of sue is filing a claim against a cafe for putting scalding coffee on the table to drink.
sue definition by Webster's New World
- to appeal to; petition; beseech
- Archaic to be a suitor of; woo
- to petition (a court) for legal redress
- to bring civil action against or prosecute in a court of law in seeking justice or redress of wrongs
- to carry (an action) through to its final decision
Origin: Middle English suen ; from Old French sivre, suir ; from Vulgar Latin an unverified form sequere, for Classical Latin sequi, to follow: see sequent
- to make an appeal; petition; plead (for or to)
- Archaic to pay suit; woo
- to institute legal proceedings in court; bring suit
- suer noun
sue definition by American Heritage Dictionary
verb sued sued, su·ing, sues verb, transitive
- Law a. To petition (a court) for redress of grievances or recovery of a right.b. To institute proceedings against (a person) for redress of grievances.c. To carry (an action) through to a final decision.
- To court; woo.
- Obsolete To make a petition to; appeal to; beseech.
- Law To institute legal proceedings; bring suit.
- To make an appeal or entreaty: “I sue for grace, and thou deny'st me” (Francis Quarles).
- To pay court; woo.
Origin: Middle English sewen, from Anglo-Norman suer, from Vulgar Latin *sequere, to follow, from Latin sequī; see sekw-1 in Indo-European roots.
- suˈer noun
, Eugène Pen name of Marie Joseph Sue. 1804-1857.
sue - Phrases/Idioms