- to institute a process in law against; bring a civil action against: to sue someone for damages.
- to woo or court.
- Obsolete. to make petition or appeal to.
- to institute legal proceedings, or bring suit: She threatened to sue.
- to make petition or appeal: to sue for peace.
- to court a woman.
- sue out, to make application for or apply for and obtain (a writ or the like) from a court of law.
Origin of sue
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Related Wordsprosecute, file, claim, charge, indict, accuse, plead, appeal, petition, beseech, litigate, contest, beg, summon, entreat, solicit, demand, supplicate
Examples from the Web for sue
The NRA wants the ability to sue local officials for passing laws that protect public safety.The NRA’s Twisted List for Santa
December 23, 2014
The families of suicide victims often sue and can win large settlements.A Million Ways to Die in Prison
December 8, 2014
Enter Americans United for Separation of Church and State, which threatened to sue.In Florida, ’Tis The Season for Satan
December 7, 2014
“Sue (Or In a Season of Crime)” brings the rock chameleon into jazz territory, backed up by a horn-heavy jazz big band.David Bowie Goes Big Band in New Music Video
Alex Chancey, The Daily Beast Video
November 14, 2014
According to reports, Sam convinced Bynes to fly out to LA, ostensibly to meet with some lawyers and sue her parents.Sam Lutfi Is Young Hollywood’s Most Infamous Svengali
October 17, 2014
You might sue us for libel, if you thought we had treated you badly.A Woman Intervenes
Sue had stolen some matches and was using them as Jackstraws.
Soon she and Sue were intimate chums, they went to school together.
At night he would rub his unshaven cheek on Sue's small cheek and tickle her.
But Sue's friend sold my story—for twenty-two dollars and fifty cents!
- to institute legal proceedings (against)
- to make suppliant requests of (someone for something)
- archaic to pay court (to)
- Eugène (øʒɛn). original name Marie-Joseph Sue. 1804–57, French novelist, whose works, notably Les mystères de Paris (1842–43) and Le juif errant (1844–45), were among the first to reflect the impact of the industrial revolution on France
Word Origin and History for sue
c.1200, "continue, persevere," from Anglo-French suer "follow after, continue," from Old French sivre, later suivre "pursue, follow after," from Vulgar Latin *sequere "follow," from Latin sequi "follow" (see sequel). Sense of "start a lawsuit against" first recorded c.1300, on notion of "following up" a matter in court. Sometimes short for ensue or pursue. Related: Sued; suing.
fem. proper name, a shortened or familiar form of Susan.