Definition of pursue
1 : to follow in order to overtake, capture, kill, or defeat
2 : to find or employ measures to obtain or accomplish : seek pursue a goal
3 : to proceed along pursues a northern course
4a : to engage in pursue a hobbyb : to follow up or proceed with pursue an argument
5 : to continue to afflict : haunt was pursued by horrible memories
6 : 2chase 1c pursued by dozens of fans
: to go in pursuit
Examples of pursue in a Sentence
It is this peace among the Great Powers—at least for the near term—that makes it truly possible both to pursue my vision of the post-Cold War world and, at the same time, to hedge against failure by maintaining the capacity to protect ourselves and our interests … —Robert S. McNamara, In Retrospect, 1995
The monster truck pursued him at insane speeds, through phone booths and gas pumps and even over cliffs, but he never knew why. —Hunter S. Thompson, Rolling Stone, 14-28 July 1994
In a world of nation-states the assumption that governments will pursue their own interests gives order and predictability to international affairs. —Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., American Heritage, 3 May/June 1994
Hounds pursued the fox for miles.
The criminal is being pursued by police.
He chose to pursue a college degree.
She wants to pursue a legal career.
Recent Examples of pursue from the Web
In this narrative, progress will be made again after the party’s five-yearly congress this autumn, when Mr Xi will have a freer hand to pursue reforms.
He is dedicated to pursuing the education that was stolen from him during ISIS' occupation, and notes how few of his peers break from the mold of going straight to the military after graduating high school.
AECOM, a Los Angeles design and engineering firm, has built a team interested in pursuing the KCI project, as well.
That might be because many universities don’t have the financial and legal resources necessary to pursue a lot of patents, Katz notes.
Their pressing question is: Why didn’t the Obama administration pursue other important Chinese facilitators beyond DHID?
The airlines and their unions have been hoping that the Trump administration would pursue the matter, given its interest in trade issues, after the Obama administration declined to intercede.
Blac could also pursue a civil or family court lawsuit against Rob, which could lead to monetary fines, a restraining order or lost custody of their infant daughter, Dream.
Town suggested authorities may have evidence of or pursue additional charges against Sayyed.
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Synonym Discussion of pursue
PURSUE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of pursue for English Language Learners
: to follow and try to catch or capture (someone or something) for usually a long distance or time
: to try to get or do (something) over a period of time
: to be involved in (an activity)
PURSUE Defined for Kids
Definition of pursue for Students
1 : to follow after in order to catch or destroy : chase A dog pursued the fleeing cat.
2 : to follow up or proceed with He won't answer, so why pursue it?
3 : to try to get or do over a period of time I've decided to pursue a degree in geography.
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