sue

verb
\ ˈsü How to pronounce sue (audio) \
sued; suing

Definition of sue

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to seek justice or right from (a person) by legal process specifically : to bring an action against
b : to proceed with and follow up (a legal action) to proper termination
2 archaic : to pay court or suit to : woo
3 obsolete : to make petition to or for

intransitive verb

1 : to take legal proceedings in court
2 : to make a request or application : plead usually used with for or tosue for peace
3 : to pay court : woo he loved … but sued in vain— William Wordsworth

Sue

biographical name
\ ˈsü How to pronounce Sue (audio) , ˈsᵫ \

Definition of Sue (Entry 2 of 2)

Eugène 1804–1857 originally Marie-Joseph Sue French novelist

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Other Words from sue

Verb

suer noun

Examples of sue in a Sentence

Verb Some people sue over the most minor things. People injured in accidents caused by the defective tire have threatened to sue. They've threatened to sue the company. He is suing the doctor who performed the unnecessary surgery.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Then, in September 2019, the hospital sued them for nearly $37,000, the entire balance plus interest. Anna Werner / Wernera@cbsnews.com, CBS News, "Alabama couple struggling after hospital sues over medical debt: "I wish you'd have let me die"," 20 Feb. 2020 William Morris Endeavor, Creative Artists Agency and United Talent Agency have sued the WGA, that violates antitrust laws. Wendy Lee, Los Angeles Times, "In a deadlock, WGA and large talent agencies turn to a mediator," 20 Feb. 2020 After the book was published in 1991, one of Mr. Milken’s former lawyers, Michael Armstrong, sued me, my research assistant and my publisher, claiming $35 million in damages in a case financed by Mr. Milken and his brother. James B. Stewart, New York Times, "Pardon Closes the Book on Michael Milken’s Case but Can’t Rewrite It," 18 Feb. 2020 Gordon responded by cutting ties with Mosiman and preemptively sued him in Delaware, saying the $272,000 Gordon had already paid in artist deposits was actually just a loan. Dave Brooks, Billboard, "After Five Year Battle, Jury Awards 'Thunder on the Mountain' Founder $7 Million Judgment vs. Former Partner," 15 Feb. 2020 Shooter said the investigation ultimately glossed over claims of misconduct against Townsend and Ugenti-Rita, who later sued him for defamation, leading to depositions of the lawmaker and lobbyist last year. Andrew Oxford, azcentral, "Lobbyist recounts receiving explicit photos of Arizona lawmaker and her future husband," 5 Feb. 2020 Sarah Lynn’s parents sue him for his role in their daughter’s death, and he is put in prison for breaking into and trashing his former house. Kaitlin Reilly, refinery29.com, "The Bittersweet Ending Of BoJack Horseman Is Just Right," 31 Jan. 2020 If King doesn't comply, Griner will sue him, his campaign and WinRed for copyright infringement and violation of Sam's publicity rights. Ashley Cullins, The Hollywood Reporter, "Mom of "Success Kid" Threatens to Sue Rep. Steve King for Using the Meme in Fundraising Effort," 27 Jan. 2020 Dos Santos denies Gomes’ allegations and sued her for slander. Max De Haldevang, Quartz Africa, "How Africa’s richest woman bought her way out of scrutiny from Western banks," 19 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of sue

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 3

History and Etymology for sue

Verb

Middle English sewen, siuen to follow, strive for, petition, from Anglo-French sivre, siure, from Vulgar Latin *sequere, from Latin sequi to follow; akin to Greek hepesthai to follow, Sanskrit sacate he accompanies

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

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26 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Sue.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sue. Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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More Definitions for sue

sue

verb
How to pronounce Sue (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of sue

: to use a legal process by which you try to get a court of law to force a person, company, or organization that has treated you unfairly or hurt you in some way to give you something or to do something : to bring a lawsuit against someone or something

sue

verb
\ ˈsü How to pronounce sue (audio) \
sued; suing

Kids Definition of sue

: to seek justice or right by bringing legal action

sue

verb
sued; suing

Legal Definition of sue

transitive verb

: to bring an action against : seek justice from by legal process

intransitive verb

: to bring an action in court

History and Etymology for sue

Anglo-French suer suire, literally, to follow, pursue, from Old French sivre, ultimately from Latin sequi to follow

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