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[pros-i-kyoot] /ˈprɒs ɪˌkyut/
verb (used with object), prosecuted, prosecuting.
1.
Law.
  1. to institute legal proceedings against (a person).
  2. to seek to enforce or obtain by legal process.
  3. to conduct criminal proceedings in court against.
2.
to follow up or carry forward something undertaken or begun, usually to its completion:
to prosecute a war.
3.
to carry on or practice.
verb (used without object), prosecuted, prosecuting.
4.
Law.
  1. to institute and carry on a legal prosecution.
  2. to act as prosecutor.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English prosecuten to follow up, go on with < Latin prōsecūtus, past participle of prōsequī to pursue, proceed with, equivalent to prō- pro-1 + secū-, variant stem of sequī to follow + -tus past participle suffix
Related forms
prosecutable, adjective
prosecutability, noun
nonprosecutable, adjective
quasi-prosecuted, adjective
reprosecute, verb (used with object), reprosecuted, reprosecuting.
well-prosecuted, adjective
Can be confused
persecute, prosecute.
Synonyms
3. perform, discharge, execute, conduct.
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British Dictionary definitions for well prosecuted

prosecute

/ˈprɒsɪˌkjuːt/
verb
1.
(transitive) to bring a criminal action against (a person) for some offence
2.
(intransitive)
  1. to seek redress by legal proceedings
  2. to institute or conduct a prosecution
3.
(transitive) to engage in or practise (a profession or trade)
4.
(transitive) to continue to do (a task, etc)
Derived Forms
prosecutable, adjective
Word Origin
C15: from Latin prōsequī to follow, from prō- forward + sequī to follow
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Word Origin and History for well prosecuted
prosecute
early 15c., "follow up, pursue" (some course or action), from L. prosecutus, pp. of prosequi "follow after" (see pursue). Meaning "bring to a court of law" is first recorded 1570s. Prosecutor in legal sense is attested from 1660s; prosecution in this sense is from 1630s.
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