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 Even more concerning could be the injury to Kevin De Bruyne for the ongoing pursuit of a treble. Rob Harris, ajc, "Chelsea ends Man City's quadruple bid, reaches FA Cup final," 17 Apr. 2021 Davis is lightly experienced, but has been flying up draft boards thanks to a rare combination of size, length and pursuit ability. Rob Reischel, Forbes, "Kentucky’s Jamin Davis Would Bolster The Green Bay Packers’ Linebacking Unit," 17 Apr. 2021 Lin’s goal is still to get back to the NBA, but his reason for that pursuit has evolved. Connor Letourneau, San Francisco Chronicle, "How Jeremy Lin juggles 2 goals: returning to the NBA and ending anti-Asian violence," 16 Apr. 2021 Such is the serendipity, or whatever its unhappy opposite would be, in a team’s pursuit of contention. Gordon Monson, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Gordon Monson: Jazz will ‘figure out’ playing without Donovan Mitchell," 16 Apr. 2021 The pursuit of Nuance comes as rivals Facebook Inc., Amazon.com Inc. and Alphabet Inc. Francesca Fontana, WSJ, "J&J, Morgan Stanley, Coinbase: Stocks That Defined the Week," 16 Apr. 2021 Lawmakers, diplomats and presidents justified their policies through the pursuit of freer trade, which, like the spread of democracy and market capitalism, was presumed to be a universal and worthy goal. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, "The Chamber of Commerce’s Botched Bet," 16 Apr. 2021 The pursuit was terminated in the city of Waukesha, Hartland police said. Evan Frank, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "No arrest made after Hartland police pursue a stolen vehicle into Waukesha," 15 Apr. 2021 For years, the GOP was defined by the pursuit of robust national defense, limited government, and traditional social conservatism. Kristen Soltis Anderson, Washington Examiner, "What Republican voters want," 15 Apr. 2021

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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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20 Apr 2021

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“Pursuit.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pursuit. Accessed 20 Apr. 2021.

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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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