• Prosecute


    From Latin prōsecūtus, perfect participle of prōsequor. Compare persecute.

    Full definition of prosecute


    1. (transitive, legal) To start criminal proceedings against.to prosecute a man for trespass, or for a riot
      • MiltonTo acquit themselves and prosecute their foes.
    2. (transitive, legal) To charge, try.
    3. To seek to obtain by legal process.to prosecute a right or a claim in a court of law
    4. (transitive) To pursue something to the end.to prosecute a scheme, hope, or claim
      • ShakespeareI am beloved of beauteous Hermia;
        Why should not I, then, prosecute my right?

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