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[per-soot] /pərˈsut/
the act of pursuing:
in pursuit of the fox.
an effort to secure or attain; quest:
the pursuit of happiness.
any occupation, pastime, or the like, in which a person is engaged regularly or customarily:
literary pursuits.
1300-50; Middle English < Anglo-French purseuteVulgar Latin *prōsequita for Latin prōsecūta, feminine of prōsecūtus, past participle of prōsequī to pursue; cf. suit
1. chase, hunt. 2. search. 3. activity, preoccupation, inclination. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for pursuits
  • His differentness probably reinforced solitary pursuits-he gravitated to the river, to sketching, to sailing and to painting.
  • Composing music may be the loneliest of artistic pursuits.
  • But they yoke those ideals to pursuits of frisky entertainment or earnest politics.
  • Students will think about how various geographical pursuits can help in this planning process.
  • Winter encourages all types of adventurous snow-related pursuits.
  • Leaving six hours between pursuits helps keep one skill from crowding out another.
  • For many of these outdoor photo pursuits, first determine environmental hazards to yourself and your equipment.
  • Active pursuits nearby: bamboo rafting, mountain biking, trekking.
  • Weekly newsstand magazine devoted to leisure pursuits.
  • Island pursuits include kayaking, whale watching, biking.
British Dictionary definitions for pursuits


  1. the act of pursuing, chasing, or striving after
  2. (as modifier): a pursuit plane
an occupation, hobby, or pastime
(in cycling) a race in which the riders set off at intervals along the track and attempt to overtake each other
Word Origin
C14: from Old French poursieute, from poursivre to prosecute,pursue
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Word Origin and History for pursuits



late 14c., "persecution," also "action of pursuit," from Anglo-French purseute, from Old French porsuite "a search, pursuit" (14c., Modern French poursuite), from porsivre (see pursue). Sense of "one's profession, recreation, etc." first recorded 1520s. As a type of track cycling race from 1938.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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