verb (used with object), pur·sued, pur·su·ing.
verb (used without object), pur·sued, pur·su·ing.
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Origin of pursue
historical usage of 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.”
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WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH pursueperuse, pursue
Example sentences from the Web for pursue
Changing lives since 1974, the center works to uplift LGBTQ businesses and pursue opportunities for growth.Berkeley: A City That Fights for the Rights of All|LGBTQ-Editor|November 20, 2020|No Straight News
Peale wrote that society raised roadblocks to women, which didn’t allow them to pursue science.When Science Was the Best Show in America - Issue 93: Forerunners|Lee Alan Dugatkin|November 18, 2020|Nautilus
The company’s plans could change and it might decide not to pursue an IPO, the people said.Robinhood asks banks to pitch for potential 2021 IPO|Lee Clifford|November 18, 2020|Fortune
Democratic Party Chair Will Rodriguez-Kennedy, however, said Beiser still needs to resign, and encouraged the board to pursue removal.Morning Report: Beiser Unlikely to Leave Board, Despite New Removal Process|Voice of San Diego|November 18, 2020|Voice of San Diego
When we receive an unexpected reward, for instance—in what’s known as a prediction error—we experience a rush of the chemical, which teaches us to continue pursuing that behavior in the future.Why Your Brain’s Sense of Time Is So Elastic - Facts So Romantic|Jordana Cepelewicz|November 13, 2020|Nautilus
Rebels pursued them and killed many others, but Buamba evaded them.‘Argo’ in the Congo: The Ghosts of the Stanleyville Hostage Crisis|Nina Strochlic|November 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But instead he pursued a life of science, sailing all over the world to study animal species and their environments.‘Gods of Suburbia’: Dina Goldstein’s Arresting Photo Series on Religion vs. Consumerism|Dina Goldstein|November 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
If confidence and strength were instilled in her at a young age, glamour was something she pursued.Diane von Furstenberg: How I Learned to Love My Wrap Dress|Lizzie Crocker|October 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“It does not appear, at least at that point, that she was being pursued,” he said.Person of Interest Identified in Disappearance of UVA Student Hannah Graham|Julia Horowitz|September 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
When TR again pursued the presidency in 1912 as leader of the Progressive Party, FDR identified with his cause.From The Square Deal to The New Deal: The Overlapping Political Identities of TR and FDR|John Avlon|September 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The enemy were pursued and annoyed by a few hundred of the citizens under Wooster and Arnold; the former was killed.The Every Day Book of History and Chronology|Joel Munsell
But Ulm was only the commencement of the campaign, and even after Austerlitz Napoleon pursued the enemy with grim resolution.Napoleon's Marshals|R. P. Dunn-Pattison
This new-found joy I long pursued in secret, afraid lest it should be discovered and despised as a folly.
Firing a random volley, those that lived turned and fled, pursued by the scouts.The Courier of the Ozarks|Byron A. Dunn
And having exchanged these words, they pursued their way side by side, for a time, in silence.Checkmate|Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu