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.
- pros·e·cut·a·ble, adjective
- pros·e·cut·a·bil·i·ty, noun
- non·pros·e·cut·a·ble, adjective
- qua·si-pros·e·cut·ed, adjective
- re·pros·e·cute, verb (used with object), re·pros·e·cut·ed, re·pros·e·cut·ing.
- well-pros·e·cut·ed, adjective
- persecute, prosecute
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How to use prosecute in a sentence
In a statement, she said the letter never should have been sent and her office wouldn’t prosecute a journalist or compel them to reveal sources.Morning Report: SDPD Has Ticketed Dozens for ‘Seditious Language’ | Voice of San Diego | August 3, 2020 | Voice of San Diego
She called it “antiquated” and said deputy city attorneys would not prosecute anyone for it.SDPD Is Punishing Speech Using a 102-Year-Old City Law | Kate Nucci | August 3, 2020 | Voice of San Diego
My office has never – and will never – prosecute a journalist or compel them to reveal confidential sources.
The office also prosecutes all misdemeanor crimes in the city of San Diego.Politics Report: Vacation Rentals? It’s Just Like Old Times! | Scott Lewis and Andrew Keatts | July 4, 2020 | Voice of San Diego
As San Diego prepares to prosecute people who attended protests, the streetlight camera footage could be useful not just to local authorities, but to federal prosecutors.Police Used Smart Streetlight Footage to Investigate Protesters | Jesse Marx | June 29, 2020 | Voice of San Diego
British Dictionary definitions for prosecute
(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)
- prosecutable, adjective
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