pur·suit | \pər-ˈsüt, -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.

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The Cards' former staff under Rick Pitino was also in pursuit. Jeff Greer, The Courier-Journal, "He has local ties, but U of L faces tough competition for Matthew Hurt," 14 July 2018 One of the ATVs sped off, and the warden followed in pursuit, according to the Montgomery County Police Reporter. Keri Blakinger, Houston Chronicle, "Montgomery County man accused of dragging game warden from ATV identified," 9 July 2018 During that pursuit, shots were fired from the Volkswagen and bullets struck a busy Jim’s Restaurant on Broadway and Loop 410. Guillermo Contreras, San Antonio Express-News, "S.A. man who carjacked and shot postal worker gets 20 years for crime spree," 12 July 2018 One of the deputies, who fatally shot a black man during a foot pursuit, acknowledged the tattoos in testimony from a wrongful-death lawsuit brought by the man’s family. Shelby Grad, latimes.com, "Essential California: Why the heat left so many powerless in L.A.," 10 July 2018 During the pursuit that followed, Rogers’ car hit two cruisers, police said. Ruth Bruno, courant.com, "State Police Arrest Two After Chasing Stolen Car," 6 July 2018 But the officer who shot him to death did not know who Norris was during Sunday's pursuit. Cynthia Sewell, idahostatesman, "He said he was on a path to 'positive change.' Then came prison time, & the shootout," 5 July 2018 Smith allegedly struck another vehicle during the pursuit but was eventually taken into custody. Jay R. Jordan, Houston Chronicle, "Fireworks theft suspect leads police on chase through Houston," 3 July 2018 In 2015, an SUV packed with immigrants crashed during a pursuit, killing six passengers. Samantha Schmidt, Anchorage Daily News, "5 killed in Texas crash after SUV packed with immigrants flees Border Patrol, authorities say," 18 June 2018

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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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15 Oct 2018

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pur·suit | \pər-ˈsüt \

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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