pursue

[ per-soo ]
/ pərˈsu /
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verb (used with object), pur·sued, pur·su·ing.

verb (used without object), pur·sued, pur·su·ing.

to chase after someone or something; to follow in pursuit: They spotted the suspect but decided not to pursue.
to continue.

Nearby words

  1. purslane,
  2. purslane family,
  3. pursual,
  4. pursuance,
  5. pursuant,
  6. pursuer,
  7. pursuit,
  8. pursuit plane,
  9. pursuivant,
  10. pursy

Origin of pursue

1250–1300; Middle English pursuen < Anglo-French pursuerLatin prōsequī to pursue, follow, continue. See pro-1, sue, prosecute

SYNONYMS FOR pursue
1. trail, hunt. 2. dog.

Related forms
Can be confusedperuse pursue

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British Dictionary definitions for repursue

pursue

/ (pəˈsjuː) /

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

Derived Formspursuer, noun

Word Origin for pursue

C13: from Anglo-Norman pursiwer, from Old French poursivre, from Latin prōsequī to follow after

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Word Origin and History for repursue

pursue

v.

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.

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