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.
- prosecuting attorney,
Origin of prosecute
Examples from the Web for prosecute
- to seek redress by legal proceedings
- to institute or conduct a prosecution
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.