Definition of prosecute
1 : to follow to the end : pursue until finished prosecute a war
2 : to engage in : perform
3a : to bring legal action against for redress or punishment of a crime or violation of lawb : to institute legal proceedings with reference to prosecute a claim
: to institute and carry on a legal suit or prosecution
prosecutableplay \ˌprä-sə-ˈkyü-tə-bəl\ adjective
Examples of prosecute in a Sentence
The store's owner agreed not to prosecute if the boy returned the stolen goods.
The case is being prosecuted by the assistant district attorney.
She criticized the government for the way it has prosecuted the war.
Recent Examples of prosecute from the Web
Police cited her for a misdemeanor, and the city attorney is reviewing whether to prosecute.
A spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in New York, which is prosecuting the case, declined to comment.
Ortega, the key official the government would need to prosecute protesters, began refusing to go along.
A hard-core heroin dealer is now off the streets and hopefully will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law,'' said Shelby County Sheriff John Samaniego.
U.S. Attorney Dexter Lehtinen, who is personally prosecuting the case, said the trial would take only two months.
But when prosecutors or judges gain enough independence to investigate and prosecute corruption, widespread corruption suddenly becomes widespread vulnerability, creating an incentive for politicians to take drastic action to protect themselves.
Part of the problem is that the U.N. lacks legal jurisdiction over its peacekeeping force, which now has more than 110,000 personnel, and instead relies on member states to prosecute crimes by their own troops.
Fairfax County Commonwealth's Attorney Ray Morrogh, who helped prosecute Malvo, said the Virginia attorney general can appeal Jackson's ruling.
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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 English Language Learners
Definition of prosecute for English Language Learners
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)
PROSECUTE Defined for Kids
Definition of prosecute for Students
1 : to carry on a legal action against an accused person to prove his or her guilt
2 : to follow up to the end : keep at prosecute a war
Legal Definition of prosecute
1 : to institute and carry forward legal action against for redress or especially punishment of a crime
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)
: 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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