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pursue

[ per-soo ]
/ p蓹r藞su /
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verb (used with object), pur路sued, pur路su路ing.
verb (used without object), pur路sued, pur路su路ing.
to chase after someone or something; to follow in pursuit: They spotted the suspect but decided not to pursue.
to continue.
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Origin of pursue

First recorded in 1250鈥1300; Middle English pursuen, from Anglo-French pursuer, ultimately from Latin pr艒sequ墨 鈥渢o pursue, follow, continue鈥; see pro-1, sue, prosecute

historical usage of pursue

The current spelling of the English verb pursue dates from about 1300. It is one of several former spellings, including perseve, pursiew, pursuwe. The Middle English variants come from Anglo-French and Old French porsure, poursuire, porsivre (with many other spelling variants), ultimately from Latin pr艒sequi 鈥渢o attend (with honors or compliments), go in pursuit of, follow with hostile intent, harry, examine or follow up (a subject or topic), continue,鈥 which is the source of English prosecute
The many Latin meanings of pr艒sequi 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 鈥渢o follow up, pursue, continue,鈥 but shortly afterward, in the early 16th century, it took on its primary current meaning 鈥渢o institute legal proceedings.鈥

OTHER WORDS FROM pursue

pur路su路a路ble, adjectiveout路pur路sue, verb (used with object), out路pur路sued, out路pur路su路ing.re路pur路sue, verb (used with object), re路pur路sued, re路pur路su路ing.un路pur路su路a路ble, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH pursue

peruse, pursue
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British Dictionary definitions for pursue

pursue
/ (p蓹藞sju藧) /

verb -sues, -suing or -sued (mainly tr)

Derived forms of pursue

pursuer, noun

Word Origin for pursue

C13: from Anglo-Norman pursiwer, from Old French poursivre, from Latin pr艒sequ墨 to follow after
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