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 For Casey Cole White, the chase through Evansville, Ind. that resulted in his capture Monday was just another pursuit, one in a violent lifetime with years spent fleeing flashing lights, eventually ending with him behind bars. William Thornton | Wthornton@al.com, al, 10 May 2022 The yearslong government pursuit of Microsoft and, before that, IBM cost millions and famously ended in whimpers. Holman W. Jenkins, WSJ, 10 May 2022 Troopers in Lansing started the pursuit, which headed along Interstate 96 near Brighton. Frank Witsil, Detroit Free Press, 2 May 2022 The Atlanta Police Department posted video of the pursuit, arrest and recovery of the boy. Fox News, 10 Apr. 2022 Officers located the suspect’s vehicle and began a pursuit, which was terminated in Avon. Cheryl Higley, cleveland, 12 Mar. 2022 As in Zen, the pursuit of nothingness calms the mind. Washington Post, 25 Feb. 2022 But its pursuit of professors, including those accused of concealing ties to the Chinese government on applications for federal research grants, hit snags. Eric Tucker, ajc, 24 Feb. 2022 But its pursuit of professors, including those accused of concealing ties to the Chinese government on applications for federal research grants, hit snags. Eric Tucker, Anchorage Daily News, 24 Feb. 2022 See More

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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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14 May 2022

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“Pursuit.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pursuit. Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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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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