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

In the pursuit of growth, development, and dynamism, what’s holding cities back from building it themselves? Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Big cities courting big tech helped define 2018," 18 Dec. 2018 As if Fashion Nova hadn't already cleared out your wallet in the pursuit of dressing like the rapper, prepare to just throw your money at the fashion brand now. Zoe Weiner, Allure, "Fashion Nova Is Launching an Affordable Makeup Line Called Nova Beauty," 25 July 2018 The Carrollton Texas Police Department published a lighthearted video showing its officers facing off against a bug, slipping while in the pursuit of a suspect, and running into a glass wall. Fernando Alfonso Iii, Houston Chronicle, "Texas police department showcases their best bloopers caught on camera," 12 July 2018 One major issue in the pursuit of Karlsson is the rumored Senators insistence that the deal include winger Bobby Ryan and his $7.25 million cap hit. Steve Rosenbloom, chicagotribune.com, "Kicking around the idea of the Blackhawks trading for Erik Karlsson," 5 July 2018 Wells, who needed more time to devote to other pursuits, hopes to return to Point Loma as a pitching coach. Pointers Athletic Director Alex Van Heuven said the job has been posted, but interviews have not begun. John Maffei, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Notebook: Ray Johnson hired to coach JBA team in Dallas," 27 June 2018 In the pursuit of advancement in our commercial ecosystem, blockchain is the next frontier. Zhuling Chen, Fortune, "How Should We Regulate Blockchain? It Depends on Which Country You Ask," 25 June 2018 Trey theory Cressman said Phish vocalist-guitarist Anastasio continues to lead his other musical pursuit, the Trey Anastasio Band, as a multi-dimensional collective in the tradition of groups led by Nigerian icons Fela Kuti and King Sunny Ade. David Lindquist, Indianapolis Star, "Trombone-playing singer-songwriter Natalie Cressman finds jam band groove," 15 June 2018 Now the country wants to lead the world in big data, artificial intelligence and other cutting-edge pursuits. The Economist, "One of China’s poorest provinces wants to be a tech hub," 31 May 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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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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