Pros·e·cute v. t. [imp. & p. p. Prosecuted p. pr. & vb. n. Prosecuting.]
1. To follow or pursue with a view to reach, execute, or accomplish; to endeavor to obtain or complete; to carry on; to continue; as, to prosecute a scheme, hope, or claim.
I am beloved Hermia;
Why should not I, then, prosecute my right ? --Shak.
2. To seek to obtain by legal process; as, to prosecute a right or a claim in a court of law.
3. Law To pursue with the intention of punishing; to accuse of some crime or breach of law, or to pursue for redress or punishment, before a legal tribunal; to proceed against judicially; as, to prosecute a man for trespass, or for a riot.
To acquit themselves and prosecute their foes. --Milton.