to strive to gain; seek to attain or accomplish (an end, object, purpose, etc.).
to proceed in accordance with (a method, plan, etc.).
to carry on or continue (a course of action, a train of thought, an inquiry, studies, etc.).
to continue to annoy, afflict, or trouble.
to practice (an occupation, pastime, etc.).
to continue to discuss (a subject, topic, etc.).
to follow: They pursued the river to its source. I felt their eyes pursuing me.
to continue; go on with (one's course, a journey, etc.).
to chase after someone or something; to follow in pursuit: They spotted the suspect but decided not to pursue.
The many Latin meanings of prōsequi carry over into Old French and Middle English, and by the end of the Middle English period, the word pursue already had all of its current meanings. On the other hand, the word prosecute originally meant “to follow up, pursue, continue,” but shortly afterward, in the early 16th century, it took on its primary current meaning “to institute legal proceedings.”
- pur·su·a·ble, adjective
- out·pur·sue, verb (used with object), out·pur·sued, out·pur·su·ing.
- re·pur·sue, verb (used with object), re·pur·sued, re·pur·su·ing.
- un·pur·su·a·ble, adjective
- peruse, pursue
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How to use pursue in a sentence
Gio said his parents never pressured him into pursuing soccer at a high level.Gio Reyna is primed for his USMNT debut. And he’s only 17. | Steven Goff | November 11, 2020 | Washington Post
The President-elect has pledged to reenter the Paris Agreement and pursue net-zero emissions by 2050.Oil prices surge on hopes that a vaccine will end lockdowns for good | kdunn6 | November 9, 2020 | Fortune
United investors, led by chief executive Jason Levien, are pursuing a coach for the first time since taking charge in 2012, two years into Olsen’s tenure.D.C. United’s first offseason priority: Hiring a coach | Steven Goff | November 9, 2020 | Washington Post
Pfizer’s early signal is encouraging not just for messenger RNA, Fauci said, but as a proof of concept that vaccine candidates that present the spike protein — the approach being pursued by essentially all the major candidates — can succeed.Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine is more than 90 percent effective in first analysis, company reports | Carolyn Y. Johnson | November 9, 2020 | Washington Post
After pursuing a postbaccalaureate in medicine at Harvard, she realized she’d fallen in love with the wine and restaurant industries and instead went on to get her sommelier certification.Canned wine might have been primed for socializing in the era of social distancing | Rachel King | November 8, 2020 | Fortune
British Dictionary definitions for pursue
(also intr) to follow (a fugitive, etc) in order to capture or overtake
(esp of something bad or unlucky) to follow closely or accompany: ill health pursued her
to seek or strive to attain (some object, desire, etc)
to follow the precepts of (a plan, policy, etc)
to apply oneself to (one's studies, hobbies, etc)
to follow persistently or seek to become acquainted with
to continue to discuss or argue (a point, subject, etc)
- pursuer, noun
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