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pursuit

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noun pur·suit \pər-ˈsüt, -ˈsyüt\

Definition of pursuit

  1. 1 :  the act of pursuing

  2. 2 :  an activity that one engages in as a vocation, profession, or avocation :  occupation



Examples of pursuit in a sentence

  1. The hounds were running in the woods in pursuit of a fox.

  2. She enjoys reading, knitting, and other quiet pursuits.



Origin and Etymology of pursuit

Middle English, from Anglo-French pursute, from pursure


First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of pursuit

work, labor, travail, toil, drudgery, grind mean activity involving effort or exertion. work may imply activity of body, of mind, of a machine, or of a natural force <too tired to do any work>. labor applies to physical or intellectual work involving great and often strenuous exertion <farmers demanding fair compensation for their labor>. travail is bookish for labor involving pain or suffering <years of travail were lost when the house burned>. toil implies prolonged and fatiguing labor <his lot would be years of back-breaking toil>. drudgery suggests dull and irksome labor <an editorial job with a good deal of drudgery>. grind implies labor exhausting to mind or body <the grind of the assembly line>.

work, employment, occupation, calling, pursuit, métier, business mean a specific sustained activity engaged in especially in earning one's living. work may apply to any purposeful activity whether remunerative or not <her work as a hospital volunteer>. employment implies work for which one has been engaged and is being paid by an employer <your employment with this firm is hereby terminated>. occupation implies work in which one engages regularly especially as a result of training <his occupation as a trained auto mechanic>. calling applies to an occupation viewed as a vocation or profession <the ministry seemed my true calling>. pursuit suggests a trade, profession, or avocation followed with zeal or steady interest <her family considered medicine the only proper pursuit>. métier implies a calling or pursuit for which one believes oneself to be especially fitted <acting was my one and only métier>. business suggests activity in commerce or the management of money and affairs <the business of managing a hotel>.


PURSUIT Defined for Kids

pursuit

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noun pur·suit \pər-ˈsüt\

Definition of pursuit for Students

  1. 1 :  the act of chasing, following, or trying to obtain <the pursuit of wealth>

  2. 2 :  activity 2, occupation <the pursuit of teaching>





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