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 As in so many outdoor pursuits, a code of ethics plays a large role in abiding by laws and protecting the resource. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Two falconers have been sentenced for trading a goshawk taken from Wisconsin public land and lying about their crime," 7 Mar. 2020 Several police squad cars, Dallas County Sheriff’s Department vehicles and a helicopter took part in the pursuit, which wound through mostly residential areas, police said. Loyd Brumfield, Dallas News, "5 suspects in custody after leading Dallas police on 40-minute chase," 28 Feb. 2020 The Brownsburg rider was part of the American foursome that won a gold medal Thursday in women’s team pursuit at track cycling’s World Championships in Berlin. David Woods, Indianapolis Star, "Brownsburg cyclist Chloe Dygert wins world championship in Berlin," 27 Feb. 2020 Four years later, Merriman has found his new pursuit, spearheading the growth of Lights Out Xtreme Fighting, an independent mixed martial arts league sanctioned by California. Mike Jones, USA TODAY, "Finding second act through MMA league, ex-NFL LB Shawne Merriman aims to offer other athletes the same," 21 Feb. 2020 Kennedy wounded in the head; pursuit of the assassin; murder of a policeman; finally the fatal announcement: President Kennedy is dead. Robert D. Mcfadden, BostonGlobe.com, "Jean Daniel, leading French journalist and humanist, 99," 20 Feb. 2020 Jeanne never worked, but led a busy life of recreational pursuits, including tennis, roller-skating, and stalking wild boar. Lauren Collins, The New Yorker, "Was Jeanne Calment the Oldest Person Who Ever Lived—or a Fraud?," 10 Feb. 2020 That still leaves plenty left over for other pursuits, from the Washington Post to a clock built in the Sierra Diablo mountain range in Texas that’s designed to run for 10,000 years. Tom Metcalf, Fortune, "Jeff Bezos sells $1.8 billion of Amazon stock in two days after surge," 6 Feb. 2020 Explore the forested lakeside grounds for active pursuits, from curling, snowshoeing, and ice-skating in winter to hiking, waterskiing, and boating in summer. Paul Rubio, Condé Nast Traveler, "The 18 Most Romantic Weekend Getaways in the U.S.," 28 Jan. 2020

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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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The first known use of pursuit was in the 14th century

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18 Mar 2020

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“Pursuit.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pursuit. Accessed 1 Apr. 2020.

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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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