- 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 pursuing
So looking at that and that at that time I was also pursuing my career—so there was something here.Patton Oswalt on Fighting Conservatives With Satire
January 6, 2015
For officials like Brohi, pursuing the drug traffickers in Turbat would mean crossing a political minefield.The Dangerous Drug-Funded Secret War Between Iran and Pakistan
December 29, 2014
The final question we should ask: are they pursuing justice and the rule of law, or merely silencing those who embarrass them?Sentencing Looms for Barrett Brown, Advocate for “Anonymous”
Kevin M. Gallagher
December 15, 2014
McCain said he, Corker, and Burr are also interested in pursuing more vigorous oversight of the Iran deal as well.Republican Hawks Already Have a War Plan for ISIS, Ukraine, and Obama
November 6, 2014
Everything changes when Rick slips into a coma after being shot while pursuing a criminal.The Walking Dead’s Luke Skywalker: Rick Grimes Is the Perfect Modern-Day Mythical Hero
October 28, 2014
Mrs. Davis saw that there was no use in pursuing the subject, and it dropped.
His reason for not pursuing the fugitive may be readily understood.
After reading this note, I thought not of pursuing or saving Lady Glenthorn.Tales And Novels, Volume 4 (of 10)
Telephassa and Cadmus were now pursuing their weary way, with no companion but each other.Tanglewood Tales
But the night was quite silent, no one seemed to be pursuing them.Fair Margaret
H. Rider Haggard
- (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 pursuing
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.