pursuit

noun pur·suit \ pər-ˈsüt , -ˈsyüt \
Updated on: 11 Dec 2017

Definition of pursuit

1 : the act of pursuing
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.

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Origin and Etymology of pursuit

Middle English, from Anglo-French pursute, from pursure

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

pursuit

noun pur·suit \ pər-ˈsüt \

Definition of pursuit for Students

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


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