- 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
SynonymsSee more synonyms for pursue on Thesaurus.com
Examples from the Web for pursue
Or (horrors) he could reach out to congressional leaders in both parties to pursue bipartisan legislation.Obama’s Pot Policy Is Refer Madness
January 5, 2015
Choosing not to pursue a perpetrator is not admittance of lies or false motives.The Right's Rape Trolls vs. Lena Dunham
December 10, 2014
It was only once he directed and starred in his own short film that he decided to pursue acting as a vocation.Renaissance Man Jared Leto Defies Categorization
The Daily Beast
December 8, 2014
Around 2005, Drew flew west to pursue a career in acting while Jonathan ran the business in Calgary.How the Property Brothers Became Your Mom’s Favorite TV Stars
November 25, 2014
Prosectors decided not to pursue charges against the accused.The Ten Worst Uber Horror Stories
November 19, 2014
His last letter gives no clue to the track he intended to pursue.Explorations in Australia
Leaving the two to pursue their voyage home, we return to Captain Haley.Brave and Bold
It is sweet and refreshing to pursue our old subjects of discourse.
He could resign himself to his reveries, and pursue them into new subtleties day by day.Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
It was the only course to pursue with anyone from Denson coulee.Chip, of the Flying U
B. M. Bower
- (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 and History 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.