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
FrontFour and Sandpiper revealed a stake in Granite last month and offered a plan to cut costs and increase leverage to help the REIT pursue acquisitions.
The AP suggested obstruction-of-justice inquiries could become part of the Russia investigation if Mueller chooses to pursue them.
Background: To fight affordable housing, Prospect pursues retail, restaurant project Prospect Mayor John Evans said in mid-May that the city was working on a deal with the other project's sponsors -- investors Chad Pearson and Brian McDonald.
But records obtained by the Times after the newspaper pursued a public-records lawsuit against the UW last year show the university paid a $1.25 million settlement in the case.
Officials with the three districts back in 2014, when pursuing the idea of the ELC, also said at the time that costs were a factor.
And yes, giving everyone the freedom to pursue purpose isn't free.
The Plymouth resident will continue her education at the University of Notre Dame to pursue a master's degree in global health.
His office has pushed him to pursue more television interview offers, often in the safe harbors of Fox, but Mr. Kennedy has shown a willingness to take on all comers in the halls when approached.
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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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