a person or thing that pursues.
Scots Law, Ecclesiastical Law. a plaintiff or complainant.

1350–1400; Middle English; see pursue, -er1

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pursue (pəˈsjuː)
vb , -sues, -suing, -sued
1.  (also intr) to follow (a fugitive, etc) in order to capture or overtake
2.  (esp of something bad or unlucky) to follow closely or accompany: ill health pursued her
3.  to seek or strive to attain (some object, desire, etc)
4.  to follow the precepts of (a plan, policy, etc)
5.  to apply oneself to (one's studies, hobbies, etc)
6.  to follow persistently or seek to become acquainted with
7.  to continue to discuss or argue (a point, subject, etc)
[C13: from Anglo-Norman pursiwer, from Old French poursivre, from Latin prōsequī to follow after]

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Example sentences
No trouble identifying this one: a flying fish that was soaring away from a
  pursuer on long, winglike pectoral fins.
The hunger for wealth, which reduces the planet to a garden, fools the eager
Dovekies being chased often perform a plunging escape maneuver in the air in
  order to evade its pursuer.
Patrol cars cannot properly pursue in soft sanded areas and often get stuck in
  the process, giving the pursuer the upper hand.
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