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>
4 a : to engage in <pursue a hobby> b : 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.
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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