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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The former New Jersey governor and one-time federal prosecutor who briefly headed President Trump’s transition team has co-founded a property investment fund, his wife, Mary Pat Christie, who works for the fund, confirmed. Konrad Putzier, WSJ, "Ex-New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie Tries Hand at Property Investing," 9 May 2019 Since their alleged involvement was made public, prosecutors have also announced more charges of money laundering. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "‘When Calls the Heart' Creator Drops a BIG Clue That Lori Loughlin's Character Abigail May Come Back," 6 May 2019 Tokyo prosecutors arrested the former Nissan and Renault SA chairman April 4—his fourth arrest since Nov. 19. Sean Mclain, WSJ, "Carlos Ghosn Indicted on New Charges of Misappropriating Funds," 22 Apr. 2019 For a felon motivated by greed, as her prosecutors put it, Boone has surprising sides. Town & Country, "Mary Boone Is Taking a Break," 18 Apr. 2019 But Swedish prosecutors have said a rape case could be reactivated since the statute of limitations for that runs until August 2020. Gregory Katz, The Seattle Times, "UK pressured not to overlook Swedish claims to Assange," 14 Apr. 2019 The new drama, which is set to premiere Monday night, is produced by famed prosecutor Marcia Clark — and is highly anticipated as a result. Heather Finn, Good Housekeeping, "Is 'The Fix' Based on a True Story? Here's the Truth Behind Marcia Clark's New Show," 18 Mar. 2019 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

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First Known Use of prosecutor

1593, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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15 May 2019

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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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