Sue meaning

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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.

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(law) To initiate or pursue legal proceedings against (another party).
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(archaic) To court; woo.
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(obsolete) To make a petition to; appeal to; beseech.
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A diminutive of Susan and of related female given names; popular as a middle name.
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(informal) A Mary Sue (type of character in fiction).
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(law) To initiate or pursue legal proceedings; bring suit.
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To make an appeal or entreaty.
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(archaic) To pursue a courtship; woo.
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To appeal to; petition; beseech.
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To make an appeal; petition; plead (for or to)
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(archaic) To pay suit; woo.
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To institute legal proceedings in court; bring suit.
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1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, III.iv.

Though oft looking backward, well she vewd, / Her selfe freed from that foster insolent, / And that it was a knight, which now her sewd, / Yet she no lesse the knight feard, then that villein rude.

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To file a legal action against someone, generally a non-criminal action.
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To seek by request; to make application; to petition; to entreat; to plead.
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(falconry, of a hawk) To clean (the beak, etc.).
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(nautical) To leave high and dry on shore.

To sue a ship.

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(archaic) To be a suitor of; woo.
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sue out
  • to apply for and receive from a court (a writ or other legal process)
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of sue

  • Middle English sewen from Anglo-Norman suer from Vulgar Latin sequere to follow from Latin sequī sekw-1 in Indo-European roots

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

  • From Anglo-Norman suer, siwer et al., Old French sivre (“follow after") (> French suivre), from Vulgar Latin *sequere (“follow"), from Latin sequi.

    From Wiktionary