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pursuit

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noun
  1. the act of pursuing: in pursuit of the fox.
  2. an effort to secure or attain; quest: the pursuit of happiness.
  3. any occupation, pastime, or the like, in which a person is engaged regularly or customarily: literary pursuits.
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Origin of pursuit

1300–50; Middle English < Anglo-French purseuteVulgar Latin *prōsequita for Latin prōsecūta, feminine of prōsecūtus, past participle of prōsequī to pursue; cf. suit

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pursuit

noun
    1. the act of pursuing, chasing, or striving after
    2. (as modifier)a pursuit plane
  1. an occupation, hobby, or pastime
  2. (in cycling) a race in which the riders set off at intervals along the track and attempt to overtake each other
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Word Origin

C14: from Old French poursieute, from poursivre to prosecute, pursue
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Word Origin and History for pursuit

n.

late 14c., "persecution," also "action of pursuit," from Anglo-French purseute, from Old French porsuite "a search, pursuit" (14c., Modern French poursuite), from porsivre (see pursue). Sense of "one's profession, recreation, etc." first recorded 1520s. As a type of track cycling race from 1938.

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