Sue v. t. [imp. & p. p. Sued p. pr. & vb. n. Suing ]
1. To follow up; to chase; to seek after; to endeavor to win; to woo.
For yet there was no man that haddle him sued. --Chaucer.
I was beloved of many a gentle knight,
And sued and sought with all the service due. --Spenser.
Sue me, and woo me, and flatter me. --Tennyson.
2. Law (a) To seek justice or right from, by legal process; to institute process in law against; to bring an action against; to prosecute judicially. (b) To proceed with, as an action, and follow it up to its proper termination; to gain by legal process.
3. Falconry To clean, as the beak; -- said of a hawk.
4. Naut. To leave high and dry on shore; as, to sue a ship.
To sue out Law, to petition for and take out, or to apply for and obtain; as, to sue out a writ in chancery; to sue out a pardon for a criminal.
Sue v. i.
1. To seek by request; to make application; to petition; to entreat; to plead.
By adverse destiny constrained to sue
For counsel and redress, he sues to you. --Pope.
Caesar came to Rome to sue for the double honor of a triumph and the consulship. --C. Middleton.
The Indians were defeated and sued for peace. --Jefferson.
2. Law To prosecute; to make legal claim; to seek (for something) in law; as, to sue for damages.
3. To woo; to pay addresses as a lover.
4. Naut. To be left high and dry on the shore, as a ship.
n : French writer whose novels described the sordid side of city
life (1804-1857) [syn: Eugene Sue]
v : institute legal proceedings against; file a suit against;
"He was warned that the district attorney would process
him"; "She actioned the company for discrimination" [syn:
action, litigate, process]