- 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
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Examples from the Web for pursues
Lehman's script began after the jailbreak, focusing on the hero of the picture, an American who pursues Blake.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days
December 13, 2014
Sarah supports the family with her public-service job while Aidan “pursues” his “dream.”Zach Braff’s Irritating Sense of Entitlement
July 18, 2014
What accounts for this gender role reversal, in which Vanessa pursues and Louie demurs?Louis C.K. Apologizes to the ‘Fat Girls’
May 13, 2014
And the unfolding truth of a God made man, who pursues us if we would only do the same.The True Gifts of Christmas Are Life, Love, and the Mystery of God
December 25, 2013
Instead, he goes to parties and pursues relationships with women.The Gpistolary Novel: Tao Lin’s ‘Taipei’
June 18, 2013
No, but ever pursues the same old round, the same pitiful circle.The Romance of the Soul
The other pursues, with buttons on his javelins and his lance similarly handled.On Horsemanship
It has color, is a living thing, the thin wraith that pursues man ever to his grave.Melomaniacs
He pursues tired or wounded animals whom he meets, and easily masters them.
In South Africa he pursues every snake, even the most venomous.
- (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 pursues
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.