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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 suing
  • Federal prosecutors are suing the company over its alleged failure to provide an adequate environmental impact study of the port.
  • Now he is trying another tactic: suing the government.
  • Dozens are suing the giant military contractor, on the taxpayers' behalf.
  • Most countries have virtually abandoned the practice of suing people for downloading copyrighted files.
  • He is also suing the authors of a book about his elder brother's business dealings with the government.
  • Apple is now suing the socks off the company for copying the look and feel of its products.
  • suing colonial governments for the destruction wrought by mining has also proved a handy source of revenue.
  • The amount of your fee depends on how much you are suing for.
  • Before suing, the parties must submit the dispute to a state-certified mediator.
British Dictionary definitions for suing


/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 suing



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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