- 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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Examples from the Web 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)
Word Origin and History 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.