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 well as staying sharp on the bike, the riders are encouraged to take up other pursuits, including cooking and yoga. George Ramsay, CNN, "'No team changes lives like our team.' How cycling's Team Novo Nordisk turned type 1 diabetes into its 'greatest strength'," 19 May 2020 Cane-pole fishing is hardly a lazy pursuit, with all the fish-catching that typically accompanies an outing with the bamboo and bait. Popular Science, "Go old-school with this handmade bamboo fishing pole," 17 May 2020 More leisurely pursuits, like lounging or sunbathing, are prohibited, as are items that go with those passive pastimes: coolers, blankets, tents, umbrellas and the like. Luke Money, Los Angeles Times, "Seal Beach joins other Orange County beaches in reopening for active recreation," 11 May 2020 Officers from Oregon State Police, Washington State Patrol, the Clark County Sheriff’s Office also joined in the pursuit at various points. oregonlive, "Driver of stolen car leads police on wild chase, hitting 100 mph while driving wrong way on Oregon’s I-84," 9 May 2020 In pursuit of this history, Kearse traveled the world to bring forth the untold accounts of Africans who became tied to this soil. Joi-marie Mckenzie, Essence, "Bettye Kearse’s ‘The Other Madisons’ Connects Her Family To A Former U.S. President," 22 Apr. 2020 Luna's non-musical pursuits, meanwhile, include following her mom literally everywhere. Emily Dixon, Marie Claire, "Miles Stephens Sang Dad John Legend's New Single in an Adorable Instagram Video," 2 Apr. 2020 The pursuit, which Riordan heard reached about 60 mph at one point, continued westbound onto I-275 where Grant and Davis had gotten out of their separate cars to set up stop sticks, tire-deflation devices. Jennie Key, Cincinnati.com, "Colerain officer Dale Woods' family reached out to Springdale Officer Kaia Grant's family," 22 Mar. 2020 Roemhild led officers on a high-speed pursuit, at times driving on the wrong side of the road at speeds nearing 70 miles (113 kilometers), said Major Robert Chandler of the Florida Highway Patrol. Washington Post, "Police open fire at ‘impaired’ driver in Mar-a-Lago breach," 31 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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27 May 2020

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“Pursuit.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pursuit. Accessed 5 Jun. 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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