- the act of pursuing: in pursuit of the fox.
- an effort to secure or attain; quest: the pursuit of happiness.
- any occupation, pastime, or the like, in which a person is engaged regularly or customarily: literary pursuits.
Origin of pursuit
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Examples from the Web for pursuit
Yet, in pursuit of that ‘great revival of art,’ his anxiety, depression, and overall health began to deteriorate.Decoding Vincent Van Gogh’s Tempestuous, Fragile Mind
December 7, 2014
They say The Guardian has been dragging its feet on the pursuit of NSA-related stories while keeping the Times on a short leash.Is The Guardian Holding Back The New York Times’ Snowden Stories?
October 14, 2014
Making sense of her life on the page, deploying raw emotion alongside humor and wry mischief, has long been a Bechdel pursuit.Alison Bechdel: Genius to Watch Out For
September 18, 2014
Better than anyone though, Murdoch saw and exploited the emotional needs satisfied by the pursuit of celebrity.Murdoch on the Rocks: How a Lone Reporter Revealed the Mogul's Tabloid Terror Machine
August 25, 2014
I shirked duty in pursuit of a good sleep, incurring her wrath this morning.Is Sleeping Apart Good for Your Relationship?
August 20, 2014
"I am satisfied with the pursuit of wisdom, not with the fame of it," replied the sage.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
They had rode about 100 miles, in the pursuit and return, and all in 30 hours.The Exploring Expedition to the Rocky Mountains, Oregon and California
Brevet Col. J.C. Fremont
It is amusing to read Tarleton's pompous account of this pursuit.
Gen. Marion had rallied a troop there, and checked the pursuit.
She arrived yesterday in pursuit of her husband, but perhaps you know this already from himself.Lady Susan
- the act of pursuing, chasing, or striving after
- (as modifier)a pursuit plane
- an occupation, hobby, or pastime
- (in cycling) a race in which the riders set off at intervals along the track and attempt to overtake each other
Word Origin and History for pursuit
late 14c., "persecution," also "action of pursuit," from Anglo-French purseute, from Old French porsuite "a search, pursuit" (14c., Modern French poursuite), from porsivre (see pursue). Sense of "one's profession, recreation, etc." first recorded 1520s. As a type of track cycling race from 1938.