verb (used with object), sued, su·ing.

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.

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

Verb Phrases

sue out, to make application for or apply for and obtain (a writ or the like) from a court of law.

Nearby words

  1. sudoriparous,
  2. sudra,
  3. suds,
  4. sudser,
  5. sudsy,
  6. sue, eugène,
  7. suede,
  8. suent,
  9. suess,
  10. suess, eduard

Origin of sue

1150–1200; Middle English suen, siwen < Old French sivre < Vulgar Latin *sequere to follow, for Latin sequī

Related formssu·er, nounun·sued, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for suer


verb sues, suing or sued

to institute legal proceedings (against)
to make suppliant requests of (someone for something)
archaic to pay court (to)
Derived Formssuer, noun

Word Origin for sue

C13: via Anglo-Norman from Old French sivre, from Latin sequī to follow



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
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Word Origin and History for suer
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