pur·​suit | \ pər-ˈsüt How to pronounce pursuit (audio) , -ˈsyüt \

Definition of pursuit

1 : the act of pursuing
2 : an activity that one engages in as a vocation, profession, or avocation : occupation

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work, employment, occupation, calling, pursuit, métier, business mean a specific sustained activity engaged in especially in earning one's living. work may apply to any purposeful activity whether remunerative or not. her work as a hospital volunteer employment implies work for which one has been engaged and is being paid by an employer. your employment with this firm is hereby terminated occupation implies work in which one engages regularly especially as a result of training. his occupation as a trained auto mechanic calling applies to an occupation viewed as a vocation or profession. the ministry seemed my true calling pursuit suggests a trade, profession, or avocation followed with zeal or steady interest. her family considered medicine the only proper pursuit métier implies a calling or pursuit for which one believes oneself to be especially fitted. acting was my one and only métier business suggests activity in commerce or the management of money and affairs. the business of managing a hotel

Examples of pursuit in a Sentence

The hounds were running in the woods in pursuit of a fox. She enjoys reading, knitting, and other quiet pursuits.
Recent Examples on the Web The Golden Eagles, who had a first-round bye, arrived in Columbus on July 1, so the players have spent two weeks away from friends and family in pursuit of the elusive TBT payday. Ben Steele, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Marquette alumni team will play for over $1 million in The Basketball Tournament championship game," 12 July 2020 President Trump has deployed tariffs in pursuit of a trade deal with China, angering Beijing. Joel Gehrke, Washington Examiner, "‘People will die’: Violent US-China clash possible soon, senior GOP lawmaker says," 12 July 2020 Or a grounder up the middle with both the shortstop and second baseman in pursuit. John Shea, SFChronicle.com, "Buster Posey on catcher’s conundrum: ‘Inherent risk’ of no social distance," 8 July 2020 The orange substance on the leading bird is bile that's been regurgitated by the bird in pursuit. National Geographic, "Calming jittery pets while fireworks explode," 2 July 2020 But one witness interviewed by The Dallas Morning News says the driver of the Border Patrol vehicle was speeding in pursuit of the vehicle when the crash occurred. Allie Morris, Dallas News, "Witnesses contradict Border Patrol’s claim that they weren’t chasing car when 7 died in crash," 2 July 2020 But after winning both divisions of the Arkansas Derby with Charlatan and Nadal, Baffert has been forced to consider alternative paths in pursuit of a record-tying sixth Derby victory. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, "Boys, beware! Bob Baffert's filly with 'insane' ability a Kentucky Derby possibility," 1 July 2020 He’s watching Bass Reeves, one of America’s first Black U.S. deputy marshals, on-screen in pursuit of a crooked sheriff. Kynala Phillips, WSJ, "How HBO’s ‘Watchmen’ Brought the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre to Life," 30 June 2020 That's when Delaware County deputies joined the pursuit. Tiana Woodard, The Indianapolis Star, "Police shoot suspect during slow-speed pursuit in Delaware County," 28 June 2020

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First Known Use of pursuit

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for pursuit

Middle English, from Anglo-French pursute, from pursure

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The first known use of pursuit was in the 14th century

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24 Jul 2020

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“Pursuit.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pursuit. Accessed 3 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of pursuit

: the act of following or chasing someone or something
: an attempt to find, achieve, or get something
: an activity that is done for pleasure


pur·​suit | \ pər-ˈsüt How to pronounce pursuit (audio) \

Kids Definition of pursuit

1 : the act of chasing, following, or trying to obtain the pursuit of wealth
2 : activity sense 2, occupation the pursuit of teaching

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