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[soo] /su/
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.
Origin of sue
1150-1200; Middle English suen, siwen < Old French sivre < Vulgar Latin *sequere to follow, for Latin sequī
Related forms
suer, noun
unsued, adjective
5. beg, petition, plead, pray. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for sued
  • The vanquished who sued for peace carried olive-branches in their hands.
  • Having laid aside all violence, he humbly sued that she would accompany him to his retreat, near by.
  • Lots of others don't-including those who sued to halt its construction.
  • The corps has been sued before over levee failures and flooding, but it had always walked away untouched.
  • Surfers have sued companies and governments to keep the coast and its waters clean.
  • If a shelter adopts out a dog which is known to have bitten someone, they run the risk of being sued.
  • They were also sued when the owners said the dog's brain snapped, or became aggressive or even bit.
  • Doctoral candidates have sued their major professors over whether their dissertations were ready for defense.
  • The newspaper then sued in both state and federal court, with the federal suit concerning only the first request.
  • It may soon acquire a new distinction: being sued by the biggest-ever group of people.
British Dictionary definitions for sued


/sjuː; suː/
verb sues, suing, sued
to institute legal proceedings (against)
to make suppliant requests of (someone for something)
(archaic) to pay court (to)
Derived Forms
suer, noun
Word Origin
C13: via Anglo-Norman from Old French sivre, from Latin sequī to follow


/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 and History for sued



c.1200, "continue, persevere," from Anglo-French suer "follow after, continue," from Old French sivre, later suivre "pursue, follow after," from Vulgar Latin *sequere "follow," from Latin sequi "follow" (see sequel). Sense of "start a lawsuit against" first recorded c.1300, on notion of "following up" a matter in court. Sometimes short for ensue or pursue. Related: Sued; suing.


fem. proper name, a shortened or familiar form of Susan.

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