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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In both economic and social relations, the pursuit of private advantage is increasingly unconcealed and unembarrassed. Jeffrey Collins, WSJ, "‘Power, Pleasure, and Profit’ Review: Self-Mastery Versus Self-Interest," 5 Oct. 2018 The pursuit of safe, dignified, and equal treatment in the workplace as a solution to the abuse of power is a mission that can be fulfilled. Julyssa Lopez, Glamour, "Time's Up Picks WNBA's Lisa Borders as Its First-Ever President and CEO," 2 Oct. 2018 Earlier this summer, Paula Faris also left the show in pursuit of focusing on breaking news coverage for ABC. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'The View' Fans Are Devastated Over Sara Haines Leaving the Show," 4 Sep. 2018 The pursuit is 98 percent longing, 2 percent fulfillment. Matt Warshaw, Outside Online, "The Dominance of Kelly Slater," 5 July 2018 Staff writer David Larsen reported: The pursuit of happiness so eloquently cited in the Declaration of Independence was much in evidence Monday on the 190th anniversary of its adoption. Scott Harrison, latimes.com, "From the Archives: Sparklers and fireworks at the Coliseum," 4 July 2018 This is more of a quest, the breakneck pursuit of more is better. Jim Stingl, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Stingl: Family's breakneck vacation is hitting every Wisconsin park and forest in one week," 26 June 2018 According to Mary's son, Jim Hausmann, his mother's own pursuit of a nursing career was a natural choice for her, and one of the reasons the scholarship fund was started. Courant Community, "Community News For The Windsor Locks Edition," 19 June 2018 Google's pursuit of the ANS patent might also be a simple act of bureaucratic absent-mindedness. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Inventor says Google is patenting work he put in the public domain," 10 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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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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