- to follow in order to overtake, capture, kill, etc.; chase.
- to follow close upon; go with; attend: Bad luck pursued him.
- 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.
- to continue.
Origin of pursue
Synonyms 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 accompanyill 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)
Word Origin for pursue
late 13c., "to follow with hostile intent," from Anglo-French pursuer and directly from Old French poursuir (Modern French poursuivre), variant of porsivre "to chase, pursue, follow; continue, carry on," from Vulgar Latin *prosequare, from Latin prosequi "follow, accompany, attend; follow after, escort; follow up, pursue," from pro- "forward" (see pro-) + sequi "follow" (see sequel). Meaning "to proceed, to follow" (a path, etc.), usually figurative (a course of action, etc.), is from late 14c. This sense also was in Latin. Related: Pursued; pursuing. For sense, cf. prosecute.