pur·sue /pɝˈsu, ˈsju/
Pur·sue v. t. [imp. & p. p. Pursued p. pr. & vb. n. Pursuing.]
1. To follow with a view to overtake; to follow eagerly, or with haste; to chase; as, to pursue a hare.
We happiness pursue; we fly from pain. --Prior.
The happiness of men lies in purswing,
Not in possessing. --Longfellow.
2. To seek; to use or adopt measures to obtain; as, to pursue a remedy at law.
The fame of ancient matrons you pursue. --Dryden.
3. To proceed along, with a view to some and or object; to follow; to go in; as, Captain Cook pursued a new route; the administration pursued a wise course.
4. To prosecute; to be engaged in; to continue. “ Insatiate to pursue vain war.”
5. To follow as an example; to imitate.
6. To follow with enmity; to persecute; to call to account.
The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have pursued me, they shall pursue you also. --Wyclif (John xv. 20).
Syn: -- To follow; chase; seek; persist. See Follow.
Pur·sue, v. i.
1. To go in pursuit; to follow.
The wicked flee when no man pursueth. --Prov. xxviii. 1.
Men hotly pursued after the objects of their ambition. --Earle.
2. To go on; to proceed, especially in argument or discourse; to continue.
Note: [A Gallicism]
I have, pursues Carneades, wondered chemists should not consider. --Boyle.
3. Law To follow a matter judicially, as a complaining party; to act as a prosecutor.
v 1: carry out or participate in an activity; be involved in;
"She pursued many activities"; "They engaged in a
discussion" [syn: prosecute, engage]
2: follow in or as if in pursuit; "The police car pursued the
suspected attacker"; "Her bad deed followed her and
haunted her dreams all her life" [syn: follow]
3: go in search of or hunt for; "pursue a hobby" [syn: quest
for, go after, quest after]
4: carry further or advance; "Can you act on this matter soon?"
[syn: follow up on, act on]