- 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.
- to institute legal proceedings, or bring suit: She threatened to sue.
- to make petition or appeal: to sue for peace.
- to court a woman.
- sue out, to make application for or apply for and obtain (a writ or the like) from a court of law.
Origin of sue
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Examples from the Web for suing
A grand juror in the Ferguson case is suing to be able to explain exactly what went down in the courtroom.Politicians Only Love Journalists When They're Dead
January 8, 2015
And now Portland, Los Angeles, and San Francisco are all suing Uber for refusing to play by their old regulatory playbooks.Why Do ‘Progressives’ Want to Ban Uber and AirBnB?
Adam Thierer, Christopher Koopman
December 30, 2014
DeCrow would come to lead a movement against this practice, suing the Hotel Syracuse in 1969 and calling for protests and sit-ins.The Bars That Made America Great
December 28, 2014
State officials were not amused, and are suing the advocacy group for copyright infringement.Living in Louisiana’s Tragic Health-Care Limbo
November 15, 2014
A ‘Christian’ wedding chapel—a private business—in Idaho is suing for the right not to marry gay couples.Refusing to Marry Same-Sex Couples Isn’t Religious Freedom, It’s Just Discrimination
October 23, 2014
And he added: 'The funny part of it all is, that Naudet is suing Fagerolles.His Masterpiece
Dear Father: Mr. Chipperton has told me about your suing him.A Jolly Fellowship
Frank R. Stockton
So far from this being the course, the person to be sued was the owner at the time of suing.The Common Law
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
She was vastly pleased to see a Sparhallow suing to her—a Sparhallow!Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1909 to 1922
Lucy Maud Montgomery
He knew not what he was asking, nor that he was suing for his own destruction.The Iliad
- to institute legal proceedings (against)
- to make suppliant requests of (someone for something)
- archaic to pay court (to)
- 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
Word Origin and History for suing
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.