• Pursue


    • UK IPA: /pəˈsjuː/
    • US IPA: /pəɹˈs(j)u/


    From Anglo-Norman pursuer, poursuire et al., Old French porsuir, from Latin prōsequī (though influenced by persequī).

    Full definition of pursue


    1. (obsolete, transitive) To follow with harmful intent; to try to harm, to persecute, torment. from 14th c.
    2. (transitive) To follow urgently, originally with intent to capture or harm; to chase. from 14th c.
      • Wyclif Bible, John xv. 20The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have pursued me, they shall pursue you also.
      • 2009, Martin Chulov, ‘Iraqi shoe-thrower claims he suffered torture in jail’, The Guardian, 15 Sep 09:He now feared for his life, and believed US intelligence agents would pursue him.
    3. (transitive) To follow, travel down (a particular way, course of action etc.). from late 14th c.Her rival pursued a quite different course.
    4. (transitive) To aim for, go after (a specified objective, situation etc.). from late 14th c.
      • 2009, Benjamin Pogrund, ‘Freeze won't hurt Netanyahu’, The Guardian, 1 Dec 09:He even stands to gain in world terms: his noisy critics strengthen his projected image of a man determined to pursue peace with Palestinians.
    5. (transitive) To participate in (an activity, business etc.); to practise, follow (a profession). from 15th c.
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