- 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
Synonyms for sue
- to institute legal proceedings (against)
- to make suppliant requests of (someone for something)
- archaic to pay court (to)
Word Origin for sue
- 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
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.