pros·​e·​cu·​tor | \ ˈprä-si-ˌkyü-tər How to pronounce prosecutor (audio) \

Definition of prosecutor

1 : a person who institutes a prosecution before a court

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Lightfoot, 56, a former prosecutor, won by more than 70 percent of the vote Tuesday night, after defeating a crowded field of 14 candidates in a February runoff race to replace outgoing mayor Rahm Emanuel. Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "Lori Lightfoot Is Chicago’s First Openly Gay, African-American Woman Mayor," 3 Apr. 2019 The state prosecutor requested 12 years for Zondra, who pleaded not guilty to attacking Kvitova in December 2016 in her apartment in Prostejov. Karel Janicek, The Seattle Times, "Man who stabbed Petra Kvitova gets 8-year prison term," 26 Mar. 2019 The popular ex-prosecutor took over Sen. Barbara Boxer's Senate seat in 2016, and has been solidly in the political spotlight ever since. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "Everybody Running for President in 2020," 18 Jan. 2019 The prosecutor turned California attorney general has shown her tough questioning skills while taking on Kavanaugh (as well as Jeff Sessions during his confirmation hearings for U.S. attorney general). Celeste Katz, Glamour, "Who’s In and Who’s Out of the 2020 Presidential Race—So Far," 3 Jan. 2019 At the heart of the probe is whether faulty oversight practices prosecutors say led to the dam’s demise are widespread in Brazil. Luciana Magalhaes, WSJ, "Brazilian Prosecutors Probe More Than 100 Dams Following Deadly Collapse," 13 Mar. 2019 This means federal prosecutors are weighing whether to pursue a criminal investigation. Umair Irfan, Vox, "Ryan Zinke to resign as Interior Secretary at the end of the year," 15 Dec. 2018 Reuters' Joseph Menn reported that the audit was apparently undertaken by Nardello & Co, a global investigative firm founded by former US federal prosecutor Daniel Nardello. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "Audit: No Chinese surveillance implants in Supermicro boards found," 11 Dec. 2018 As federal prosecutors were investigating Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen, Pecker is said to have provided them with information about payments, arranged by Cohen, to women who claimed to have had relationships with Trump. Adam Rathe, Town & Country, "Has National Enquirer Publisher David Pecker Met His Match in Jeff Bezos?," 8 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of prosecutor

1593, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of prosecutor was in 1593

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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 How to pronounce prosecutor (audio) \

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 How to pronounce prosecutor (audio) \

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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not to be persuaded, moved, or stopped

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