verb (used with object), pursued, pursuing.
to follow in order to overtake, capture, kill, etc.; chase.
to follow close upon; go with; attend: Bad luck pursued him.
to strive to gain; seek to attain or accomplish (an end, object, purpose, etc.).
to proceed in accordance with (a method, plan, etc.).
to carry on or continue (a course of action, a train of thought, an inquiry, studies, etc.).
to continue to annoy, afflict, or trouble.
to practice (an occupation, pastime, etc.).
to continue to discuss (a subject, topic, etc.).
to follow: They pursued the river to its source. I felt their eyes pursuing me.
to continue; go on with (one's course, a journey, etc.).
verb (used without object), pursued, pursuing.
to chase after someone or something; to follow in pursuit: They spotted the suspect but decided not to pursue.
to continue.

1250–1300; Middle English pursuen < Anglo-French pursuerLatin prōsequī to pursue, follow, continue. See pro-1, sue, prosecute

pursuable, adjective
outpursue, verb (used with object), outpursued, outpursuing.
repursue, verb (used with object), repursued, repursuing.
unpursuable, adjective
unpursued, adjective
unpursuing, adjective

peruse, pursue.

1. trail, hunt. 2. dog.
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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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Word Origin & History

late 13c., "to follow with hostile intent," from Anglo-Fr. pursuer, from O.Fr. poursuir (Mod. Fr. poursuivre), variant of porsivre, from V.L. *prosequare, from L. prosequi "follow up" (cf. prosecute), from pro- "forward" + sequi "follow" (see sequel). Meaning "to proceed,
to follow" (a path, etc.), usually figurative, is from late 14c. Related: Pursuing.
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Example sentences
Apparently the fruit's sweet, creamy center is a treasure worth pursuing if you
  can bear the stink and get past the spiky husk.
Ecologists are pursuing this science because they simply want to know.
The government has been so lax in pursuing some oil crimes that it can seem
Pursuing our interests and spreading our ideals thus requires stealth and
  modesty as well as military strength.
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