verb (used with object), pros·e·cut·ed, pros·e·cut·ing.
- to institute legal proceedings against (a person).
- to seek to enforce or obtain by legal process.
- to conduct criminal proceedings in court against.
verb (used without object), pros·e·cut·ed, pros·e·cut·ing.
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Origin of prosecute
OTHER WORDS FROM prosecute
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH prosecutepersecute, prosecute
Example sentences from the Web for prosecute
In neither case did the authorities prosecute the staffing agencies that employed the minors or the factories that, knowingly or not, benefited from their labor.Inside the Lives of Immigrant Teens Working Dangerous Night Shifts in Suburban Factories|by Melissa Sanchez|November 19, 2020|ProPublica
They refuse to prosecute what is sometimes called lifestyle crimes.The Trailer: Republicans build their own fan clubs in Iowa|David Weigel|October 29, 2020|Washington Post
A judge last month dismissed the charges on grounds there was no probable cause to prosecute him.Puerto Rico LGBTQ activist blocked from Facebook accounts for two months|Kaela Roeder|October 23, 2020|Washington Blade
If those arrested this summer were actually prosecuted, it would mark a dramatic uptick in such prosecutions.Morning Report: Where Unlawful Assembly Arrests Stand|Voice of San Diego|October 12, 2020|Voice of San Diego
If all SDPD arrests for unlawful assembly this year were prosecuted, it would mark a gigantic increase in such prosecutions, records obtained by Voice of San Diego show.No Unlawful Assembly Charges So Far Following Dozens of Arrests|Brittany Cruz-Fejeran and Ashly McGlone|October 12, 2020|Voice of San Diego
British Dictionary definitions for prosecute
- to seek redress by legal proceedings
- to institute or conduct a prosecution