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
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.
But there also seems scant prospect of that, given the zeal with which Mr Kim is pursuing his missile programme.
After a little encouragement from his mother—the 22-year-old college student headed to New York to pursue modeling full time.
More: Nearly 100 Louisville leaders call for Johnson's suspension from council The suit alleges the city is depriving King and Martin of their rights to pursue a lawful occupation free from unreasonable governmental interference.
China is pursuing an aggressive build strategy with the Type 055s.
The Big Five tech companies—Apple, Google, Facebook, Microsoft, and Amazon—are now worth a collective $3 trillion, forcing each to pursue bigger and bigger deals in pursuit of market supremacy as their leaders obsess over scale.
After college, Rader pursued a career in musical theater, landing in Los Angeles.
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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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