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prosecute

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verb pros·e·cute \ˈprä-si-ˌkyüt\

Simple Definition of prosecute

  • law : to hold a trial against a person who is accused of a crime to see if that person is guilty

  • : to work as a lawyer to try to prove a case against someone accused of a crime

  • : to continue to do (something) : to proceed with (something)

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of prosecute

prosecuted

prosecuting

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to follow to the end :  pursue until finished <prosecute a war>

  3. 2 :  to engage in :  perform

  4. 3 a :  to bring legal action against for redress or punishment of a crime or violation of law b :  to institute legal proceedings with reference to <prosecute a claim>

  5. intransitive verb
  6. :  to institute and carry on a legal suit or prosecution

prosecutable

play \ˌprä-sə-ˈkyü-tə-bəl\ adjective

Examples of prosecute in a sentence

  1. The store's owner agreed not to prosecute if the boy returned the stolen goods.

  2. The case is being prosecuted by the assistant district attorney.

  3. She criticized the government for the way it has prosecuted the war.



Origin and Etymology of prosecute

Middle English, from Latin prosecutus, past participle of prosequi to pursue — more at pursue


First Known Use: 15th century


PROSECUTE Defined for Kids

prosecute

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verb pros·e·cute \ˈprä-si-ˌkyüt\

Definition of prosecute for Students

prosecuted

prosecuting

  1. 1 :  to carry on a legal action against an accused person to prove his or her guilt

  2. 2 :  to follow up to the end :  keep at <prosecute a war>




Law Dictionary

prosecute

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verb pros·e·cute \ˈprä-si-ˌkyüt\

Legal Definition of prosecute

prosecuted

prosecuting

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to institute and carry forward legal action against for redress or especially punishment of a crime

  3. 2 :  to institute and carry on a lawsuit with reference to <an action must be prosecuted in the name of the real party in interest — Federal Rules of Civil Procedure Rule 17(a)>

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to institute and carry on a civil or criminal action <decided not to prosecute>

prosecutable

\ˌprä-si-ˈkyü-tə-bəl\ play adjective


Origin and Etymology of prosecute

Latin prosecutus, past participle of prosequi to pursue



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