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[per-soo] /pərˈsu/
verb (used with object), pursued, pursuing.
1.
to follow in order to overtake, capture, kill, etc.; chase.
2.
to follow close upon; go with; attend:
Bad luck pursued him.
3.
to strive to gain; seek to attain or accomplish (an end, object, purpose, etc.).
4.
to proceed in accordance with (a method, plan, etc.).
5.
to carry on or continue (a course of action, a train of thought, an inquiry, studies, etc.).
6.
to continue to annoy, afflict, or trouble.
7.
to practice (an occupation, pastime, etc.).
8.
to continue to discuss (a subject, topic, etc.).
9.
to follow:
They pursued the river to its source. I felt their eyes pursuing me.
10.
to continue; go on with (one's course, a journey, etc.).
verb (used without object), pursued, pursuing.
11.
to chase after someone or something; to follow in pursuit:
They spotted the suspect but decided not to pursue.
12.
to continue.
Origin of pursue
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English pursuen < Anglo-French pursuerLatin prōsequī to pursue, follow, continue. See pro-1, sue, prosecute
Related forms
pursuable, adjective
outpursue, verb (used with object), outpursued, outpursuing.
repursue, verb (used with object), repursued, repursuing.
unpursuable, adjective
unpursued, adjective
unpursuing, adjective
Can be confused
peruse, pursue.
Synonyms
1. trail, hunt. 2. dog.
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  • He pursues her through a long night at two big parties.
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  • Incensed beyond reason, the gang pursues the alien with deadly intent.
  • Instead, each pursues the narrower aim of maximizing its power advantage over potential adversaries.
  • His reaction is to withdraw even further-and she then pursues him with her stream of endless woes, complaints, and accusations.
  • The game piques her curiosity and she pursues further research on the animals on her own.
  • Ours is an age which consciously pursues health, and yet only believes in the reality of sickness.
British Dictionary definitions for pursues

pursue

/pəˈsjuː/
verb (mainly transitive) -sues, -suing, -sued
1.
(also intransitive) 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)
Derived Forms
pursuer, noun
Word Origin
C13: from Anglo-Norman pursiwer, from Old French poursivre, from Latin prōsequī to follow after
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Word Origin and History for pursues

pursue

v.

late 13c., "to follow with hostile intent," from Anglo-French pursuer and directly from Old French poursuir (Modern French poursuivre), variant of porsivre "to chase, pursue, follow; continue, carry on," from Vulgar Latin *prosequare, from Latin prosequi "follow, accompany, attend; follow after, escort; follow up, pursue," from pro- "forward" (see pro-) + sequi "follow" (see sequel). Meaning "to proceed, to follow" (a path, etc.), usually figurative (a course of action, etc.), is from late 14c. This sense also was in Latin. Related: Pursued; pursuing. For sense, cf. prosecute.

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