verb (used with object), sued, suing.
to institute a process in law against; bring a civil action against: to sue someone for damages.
to woo or court.
Obsolete. to make petition or appeal to.
verb (used without object), sued, suing.
to institute legal proceedings, or bring suit: She threatened to sue.
to make petition or appeal: to sue for peace.
to court a woman.
Verb phrases
sue out, to make application for or apply for and obtain (a writ or the like) from a court of law.

1150–1200; Middle English suen, siwen < Old French sivre < Vulgar Latin *sequere to follow, for Latin sequī

suer, noun
unsued, adjective

5. beg, petition, plead, pray. Unabridged


[soo; French sy]
Eugène [œ-zhen] , (Marie Joseph Sue) 1804–57, French novelist.
a female given name, form of Susan, Susanna, Susannah. Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
sue (sjuː, suː)
vb , sues, suing, sued
1.  to institute legal proceedings (against)
2.  to make suppliant requests of (someone for something)
3.  archaic to pay court (to)
[C13: via Anglo-Norman from Old French sivre, from Latin sequī to follow]

Sue (French sy)
Eugène (øʒɛn). original name Marie-Joseph Sue. 1804--57, French novelist, whose works, notably Les mystères de Paris (1842--43) and Le juif errant (1844--45), were among the first to reflect the impact of the industrial revolution on France

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Word Origin & History

c.1200, "continue, persevere," from Anglo-Fr. suer "follow after, continue," from O.Fr. sivre, later suivre "pursue, follow after," from V.L. *sequere "follow," from L. sequi "follow" (see sequel). Sense of "start a lawsuit against" first recorded c.1300, on notion of "following
up" a matter in court. Sometimes aphetic for ensue or pursue.
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Computing Dictionary

Sue definition

The system language used to write an operating system for the IBM 360. It is a cross between Pascal and XPL. It allows type checked separate compilation of internal procedures using a program library.
["The System Language for Project Sue", B.L. Clark e al, SIGPLAN Notices 6(9):79-88 (Oct 1971)].

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Example sentences
Jail scientists for not predicting earthquakes, or sue them for predicting them.
Another problem with vaccines is you can not directly sue the pharmaceutical
It is not necessary unless you want to actually sue someone.
New efforts to control costs could make it scarier to sue.
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