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
One by one, the other band members join in, singing good-naturedly about how even though they miss company and activity, even though they’re pursued by melancholy, one day life will return to normal.BTS’s new album is sublime comfort pop for the soul in lockdown|Aja Romano|November 20, 2020|Vox
Once those events occur, the newly constituted committee will have to determine whether it wishes to continue pursuing the application for the grand-jury materials that gave rise to this case.Supreme Court postpones hearing on congressional effort to obtain secret Mueller material|Robert Barnes|November 20, 2020|Washington Post
His focus was not, however, on the living situation but pursuing what he said had become his dream — becoming a pro gamer.
From director Anna Wilder Burns, Sailing Cita features young sailors Lauren Topchik and Teagan Tanner as they pursue a life of adventure by sail.These College Students Have a Dream to Sail the World|Outside Editors|November 20, 2020|Outside Online
Mehring and Louis were pursuing similar ideas, but Mehring’s picture looks darker and thicker — more allover — than Louis’s.In the galleries: The Washington colorists and the CIA|Mark Jenkins|November 20, 2020|Washington Post
So looking at that and that at that time I was also pursuing my career—so there was something here.Patton Oswalt on Fighting Conservatives With Satire|William O’Connor|January 6, 2015|DAILY BEAST
For officials like Brohi, pursuing the drug traffickers in Turbat would mean crossing a political minefield.The Dangerous Drug-Funded Secret War Between Iran and Pakistan|Umar Farooq|December 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The final question we should ask: are they pursuing justice and the rule of law, or merely silencing those who embarrass them?Sentencing Looms for Barrett Brown, Advocate for “Anonymous”|Kevin M. Gallagher|December 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
McCain said he, Corker, and Burr are also interested in pursuing more vigorous oversight of the Iran deal as well.Republican Hawks Already Have a War Plan for ISIS, Ukraine, and Obama|Eli Lake|November 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Everything changes when Rick slips into a coma after being shot while pursuing a criminal.The Walking Dead’s Luke Skywalker: Rick Grimes Is the Perfect Modern-Day Mythical Hero|Regina Lizik|October 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Go away, monsieur, you will not fail to catch the quarry you are pursuing.The Red and the Black|Stendhal
Most of the long knives who are pursuing us were called out by the Great Father of the Illinois country.Shaman|Robert Shea
He felt with an excited thrill that he was really running away with the Little Colonel, and rescuing her from a pursuing danger.Two Little Knights of Kentucky|Annie Fellows Johnston
This, indeed, he was one of the last to pass before it was closed and barred to keep out the pursuing Romans.Pearl-Maiden|H. Rider Haggard
Caron knew well enough, not a clerk in his office but knew well enough, that James had been pursuing this prize for years.The Life of John of Barneveld, 1614-23, Volume II.|John Lothrop Motley