noun pur·suit \pər-ˈsüt, -ˈsyüt\

Definition of pursuit

  1. 1 :  the act of pursuing

  2. 2 :  an activity that one engages in as a vocation, profession, or avocation :  occupation

Examples of pursuit in a sentence

  1. The hounds were running in the woods in pursuit of a fox.

  2. She enjoys reading, knitting, and other quiet pursuits.

Origin and Etymology of pursuit

Middle English, from Anglo-French pursute, from pursure

First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of pursuit

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

PURSUIT Defined for Kids


noun pur·suit \pər-ˈsüt\

Definition of pursuit for Students

  1. 1 :  the act of chasing, following, or trying to obtain the pursuit of wealth

  2. 2 :  activity 2, occupation the pursuit of teaching

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