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.
Origin of prosecute
Synonyms for prosecute
Related Words for prosecutesue, litigate, summon, try, indict, arraign, pursue, execute, conduct, do, contest, wage, manage, perform, practice, direct, continue, persist, discharge, law
Examples from the Web for prosecute
Historical Examples of 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.