verb \ˈsü\

: to use a legal process by which you try to get a court of law to force a person, company, or organization that has treated you unfairly or hurt you in some way to give you something or to do something : to bring a lawsuit against someone or something


Full Definition of SUE

transitive verb
obsolete :  to make petition to or for
archaic :  to pay court or suit to :  woo
a :  to seek justice or right from (a person) by legal process; specifically :  to bring an action against
b :  to proceed with and follow up (a legal action) to proper termination
intransitive verb
:  to make a request or application :  plead —usually used with for or to <sue for peace>
:  to pay court :  woo <he loved…but sued in vain — William Wordsworth>
:  to take legal proceedings in court
su·er noun

Examples of SUE

  1. Some people sue over the most minor things.
  2. People injured in accidents caused by the defective tire have threatened to sue.
  3. They've threatened to sue the company.
  4. He is suing the doctor who performed the unnecessary surgery.

Origin of SUE

Middle English sewen, siuen to follow, strive for, petition, from Anglo-French sivre, siure, from Vulgar Latin *sequere, from Latin sequi to follow; akin to Greek hepesthai to follow, Sanskrit sacate he accompanies
First Known Use: 14th century


biographical name \ˈsü, ˈsue\

Definition of SUE

Eugène 1804–1857 originally Marie-Joseph Sue Fr. nov.
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verb \ˈsü\

Definition of SUE for Kids

:  to seek justice or right by bringing legal action


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