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[soo] /su/
verb (used with object), sued, suing.
to institute a process in law against; bring a civil action against:
to sue someone for damages.
to woo or court.
Obsolete. to make petition or appeal to.
verb (used without object), sued, suing.
to institute legal proceedings, or bring suit:
She threatened to sue.
to make petition or appeal:
to sue for peace.
to court a woman.
Verb phrases
sue out, to make application for or apply for and obtain (a writ or the like) from a court of law.
Origin of sue
1150-1200; Middle English suen, siwen < Old French sivre < Vulgar Latin *sequere to follow, for Latin sequī
Related forms
suer, noun
unsued, adjective
5. beg, petition, plead, pray.


[soo; French sy] /su; French sü/
Eugène [œ-zhen] /œˈʒɛn/ (Show IPA), (Marie Joseph Sue) 1804–57, French novelist.
a female given name, form of Susan, Susanna, Susannah. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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Examples from the Web for sue
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  • "There's no character hin all the world as I hadmires like Cinderella," said sue.

    Sue, A Little Heroine L. T. Meade
  • Why did poor Glaucus ever–ever dare To sue thee to his heart?

    Endymion John Keats
  • No more was to be got out of her, and sue, baffled and repelled, went her way.

    Leonore Stubbs L. B. Walford
  • Now it was said he could sue because he was answerable to the owner.

    The Common Law Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
  • "Now we can go to the farm," said Bunny, and he and sue drove on.

British Dictionary definitions for sue


/sjuː; suː/
verb sues, suing, sued
to institute legal proceedings (against)
to make suppliant requests of (someone for something)
(archaic) to pay court (to)
Derived Forms
suer, noun
Word Origin
C13: via Anglo-Norman from Old French sivre, from Latin sequī to follow


/French sy/
Eugène (øʒɛn). original name Marie-Joseph Sue. 1804–57, French novelist, whose works, notably Les mystères de Paris (1842–43) and Le juif errant (1844–45), were among the first to reflect the impact of the industrial revolution on France
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for sue

c.1200, "continue, persevere," from Anglo-French suer "follow after, continue," from Old French sivre, later suivre "pursue, follow after," from Vulgar Latin *sequere "follow," from Latin sequi "follow" (see sequel). Sense of "start a lawsuit against" first recorded c.1300, on notion of "following up" a matter in court. Sometimes short for ensue or pursue. Related: Sued; suing.


fem. proper name, a shortened or familiar form of Susan.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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sue in Technology

The system language used to write an operating system for the IBM 360. It is a cross between Pascal and XPL. It allows type checked separate compilation of internal procedures using a program library.
["The System Language for Project Sue", B.L. Clark e al, SIGPLAN Notices 6(9):79-88 (Oct 1971)].

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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