- to follow in order to overtake, capture, kill, etc.; chase.
- to follow close upon; go with; attend: Bad luck pursued him.
- to strive to gain; seek to attain or accomplish (an end, object, purpose, etc.).
- to proceed in accordance with (a method, plan, etc.).
- to carry on or continue (a course of action, a train of thought, an inquiry, studies, etc.).
- to continue to annoy, afflict, or trouble.
- to practice (an occupation, pastime, etc.).
- to continue to discuss (a subject, topic, etc.).
- to follow: They pursued the river to its source. I felt their eyes pursuing me.
- to continue; go on with (one's course, a journey, etc.).
- to chase after someone or something; to follow in pursuit: They spotted the suspect but decided not to pursue.
- to continue.
Origin of pursue
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Examples from the Web for pursued
But instead he pursued a life of science, sailing all over the world to study animal species and their environments.‘Gods of Suburbia’: Dina Goldstein’s Arresting Photo Series on Religion vs. Consumerism
November 8, 2014
If confidence and strength were instilled in her at a young age, glamour was something she pursued.Diane von Furstenberg: How I Learned to Love My Wrap Dress
October 27, 2014
To believe the British press, it sounds like you were pursued pretty aggressively by writer-director Hugo Blick for this role.‘The Honorable Woman’ Is Maggie Gyllenhaal's Best Performance Yet
July 31, 2014
“I pursued a career in national security with the motivation of improving the national security policy of my country,” he said.Fired From Los Alamos for Pushing Obama's Nuclear Agenda
Center for Public Integrity
July 31, 2014
Even the most basic research, which may have no immediate application, is pursued to increase our knowledge.Girls Love Science. We Tell Them Not To.
July 17, 2014
For twenty-three days more Eyre and his attendant Wylie pursued their way.Explorations in Australia
As M'Ilraith was now in a strong hold, Marion pursued him no further.A Sketch of the Life of Brig. Gen. Francis Marion
William Dobein James
A few, who escaped from the river, were pursued and cut down by the Syracusan horse.Stories from Thucydides
H. L. Havell
Was it but another devilish trick of the misfortune that pursued him?Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
"Still, I added to the collection to-day," pursued Miss Whitmore, calmly.Chip, of the Flying U
B. M. Bower
- (also intr) to follow (a fugitive, etc) in order to capture or overtake
- (esp of something bad or unlucky) to follow closely or accompanyill health pursued her
- to seek or strive to attain (some object, desire, etc)
- to follow the precepts of (a plan, policy, etc)
- to apply oneself to (one's studies, hobbies, etc)
- to follow persistently or seek to become acquainted with
- to continue to discuss or argue (a point, subject, etc)
Word Origin and History for pursued
late 13c., "to follow with hostile intent," from Anglo-French pursuer and directly from Old French poursuir (Modern French poursuivre), variant of porsivre "to chase, pursue, follow; continue, carry on," from Vulgar Latin *prosequare, from Latin prosequi "follow, accompany, attend; follow after, escort; follow up, pursue," from pro- "forward" (see pro-) + sequi "follow" (see sequel). Meaning "to proceed, to follow" (a path, etc.), usually figurative (a course of action, etc.), is from late 14c. This sense also was in Latin. Related: Pursued; pursuing. For sense, cf. prosecute.