Pursue meaning

pər-so͝o
Pursue is defined as to follow or chase, to continue with or to try to get someone or something.

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.

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To continue to torment or afflict; haunt.

Was pursued by the demons of lust and greed.

verb
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To follow in an effort to overtake or capture; chase.

A fox that was pursued by hounds.

verb
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To strive to gain or accomplish.

Pursue lofty political goals.

verb
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To follow in order to overtake, capture, or kill; chase.
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To follow in an effort to overtake or capture; chase.
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To have as one's occupation, profession, or study; devote oneself to.
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To proceed along, follow, or continue with (a specified course, action, plan, etc.)
verb
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To continue to annoy or distress; hound.

Pursued by bad luck.

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To follow, travel down (a particular way, course of action etc.). [from late 14th c.]

Her rival pursued a quite different course.

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To aim for, go after (a specified objective, situation etc.). [from late 14th c.]
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To go on; continue.
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To follow urgently, originally with intent to capture or harm; to chase. [from 14th c.]
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To participate in (an activity, business etc.); to practise, follow (a profession). [from 15th c.]
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To proceed along the course of; follow.

A ship that pursued the southern course.

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To take action regarding something or carry on an established activity or project.
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To try to find, get, win, etc.; strive for; seek after.

To pursue success.

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To chase.
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To court.

A lady who was pursued by many suitors.

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Origin of pursue

  • Middle English pursuen from Anglo-Norman pursuer from Vulgar Latin prōsequere from Latin prōsequī prosecute

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Anglo-Norman pursuer, poursuire et al., Old French porsuir, from Latin prōsequī (though influenced by persequī).

    From Wiktionary