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prosecute

[ pros-i-kyoot ]
/ 藞pr蓲s 瑟藢kyut /
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verb (used with object), pros路e路cut路ed, pros路e路cut路ing.
Law.
  1. to institute legal proceedings against (a person).
  2. to seek to enforce or obtain by legal process.
  3. 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路e路cut路ed, pros路e路cut路ing.
Law.
  1. to institute and carry on a legal prosecution.
  2. to act as prosecutor.
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Origin of prosecute

1400鈥50; late Middle English prosecuten to follow up, go on with <Latin pr艒sec奴tus, past participle of pr艒sequ墨 to pursue, proceed with, equivalent to pr艒-pro-1 + sec奴-, variant stem of sequ墨 to follow + -tus past participle suffix

OTHER WORDS FROM prosecute

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH prosecute

persecute, prosecute
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How to use prosecute in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for prosecute

prosecute
/ (藞pr蓲s瑟藢kju藧t) /

verb
(tr) to bring a criminal action against (a person) for some offence
(intr)
  1. to seek redress by legal proceedings
  2. 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 prosecute

prosecutable, adjective

Word Origin for prosecute

C15: from Latin pr艒sequ墨 to follow, from pr艒- forward + sequ墨 to follow
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