- to institute legal proceedings against (a person).
- to seek to enforce or obtain by legal process.
- to conduct criminal proceedings in court against.
- to follow up or carry forward something undertaken or begun, usually to its completion: to prosecute a war.
- to carry on or practice.
Origin of prosecute
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- (tr) to bring a criminal action against (a person) for some offence
- to seek redress by legal proceedings
- to institute or conduct a prosecution
- (tr) to engage in or practise (a profession or trade)
- (tr) to continue to do (a task, etc)
Word Origin for prosecute
early 15c., "follow up, pursue" (some course or action), from Latin prosecutus, past participle of prosequi "follow after, accompany; chase, pursue; attack, assail, abuse" (see pursue). Meaning "bring to a court of law" is first recorded 1570s. Meaning "go into detail" is from 1530s.