[ pros-i-kyoot ]
/ ˈprɒs ɪˌkyut /
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.
to follow up or carry forward something undertaken or begun, usually to its completion: to prosecute a war.
to carry on or practice.
verb (used without object), pros·e·cut·ed, pros·e·cut·ing.
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Origin of prosecute
1400–50; late Middle English prosecuten to follow up, go on with < Latin prōsecūtus, past participle of prōsequī to pursue, proceed with, equivalent to prō- pro-1 + secū-, variant stem of sequī to follow + -tus past participle suffix
OTHER WORDS FROM prosecute
pros·e·cut·a·ble, adjectivepros·e·cut·a·bil·i·ty, nounnon·pros·e·cut·a·ble, adjectivequa·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
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH prosecutepersecute prosecute
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British Dictionary definitions for prosecute
/ (ˈprɒsɪˌkjuːt) /
(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)
Derived forms of prosecuteprosecutable, adjective
Word Origin for prosecute
C15: from Latin prōsequī to follow, from prō- forward + sequī to follow
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