pros·​e·​cu·​tor | \ˈprä-si-ˌkyü-tər \

Definition of prosecutor 

1 : a person who institutes a prosecution before a court

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The New York Attorney General’s Office and federal prosecutors in Manhattan are currently investigating Trump Organization employees. Sean Illing, Vox, "What does Michael Cohen’s plea deal mean for Trump? I asked 9 legal experts.," 29 Nov. 2018 Toby Shook, a lawyer and former prosecutor in Dallas told CBS News. Emily Bloch, Teen Vogue, "8 Men Whose Sexual Misconduct Allegations Prove It's Long Been a Big Part of U.S. Politics," 12 Oct. 2018 Federal prosecutors say Tijuana resident Andres Avelino Anduaga, 66, somehow obtained a U.S. citizen’s birth certificate in 1980, and then used that identification to obtain a social security number and California driver’s license. Alex Riggins,, "Man who stole government benefits for 37 years is sentenced to 37 months in federal prison," 14 July 2018 Giesen said his client has texts and emails that show the relationship was consensual, and that police investigated and declined to refer any charges to prosecutors. Bruce Vielmetti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Lawrence University sued over campus sex assault procedures," 13 July 2018 Boyle has a long history as a federal prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney’s office. Nicholas Rondinone,, "Five Vie For Deputy Chief State's Attorney Job," 12 July 2018 Federal prosecutors said there was no evidence Steve or Andy Beshear ever knew anything about Longmeyer’s prolonged conspiracy. Tom Loftus, The Courier-Journal, "Andy Beshear's 'tainted' donations may be more than what's in his fund," 11 July 2018 Harris went on to law school at University of California Hastings College of the Law and became a prosecutor, determined to enact criminal justice reform from within. Zoe Ghertner, Glamour, "Kamala Harris Is on the Rise," 31 Oct. 2018 Lamb, a 33-year-old former federal prosecutor, ran up big margins against Saccone, 60, in wealthy Allegheny County and was holding his own in GOP-leaning Westmoreland, Washington and Greene counties. Alex Pappas, Fox News, "Pennsylvania special election may see recount; Lamb, Saccone separated by razor-thin margin," 2 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of prosecutor

1593, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of prosecutor

: a lawyer who represents the side in a court case that accuses a person of a crime and who tries to prove that the person is guilty


pros·​e·​cu·​tor | \ˈprä-si-ˌkyü-tər \

Kids Definition of prosecutor

: a lawyer in a criminal case who tries to prove that the accused person is guilty


pros·​e·​cu·​tor | \ˈprä-si-ˌkyü-tər \

Legal Definition of prosecutor 

1 : a person who institutes a prosecution (as by making an affidavit or complaint charging the defendant)

2 : a government attorney who presents the state's case against the defendant in a criminal prosecution

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