sue

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

Definition of sue

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 obsolete : to make petition to or for
2 archaic : to pay court or suit to : woo
3a : 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

intransitive verb

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

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

The ruling comes after guardians of three students who attend the school, comprised of 900 students in grades kindergarten through eighth, sued the district in 2016 on behalf of the students, CBS News reports. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "A Federal Court Ruled Against a North Carolina School’s Dress Code Requiring Girls to Wear Skirts," 2 Apr. 2019 New Jersey officials sued chemicals makers DuPont, Chemours Co. and 3M Co. to pay to clean up years of industrial contamination. Maria Armental, WSJ, "New Jersey Sues Chemical Companies Over Contamination," 27 Mar. 2019 That news, plus a Steel Division sequel, Reaper’s shotgun gets Nerfed, Nintendo sues ROM sites, Night Dive remasters Forsaken, and Sunless Skies slips to 2019. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "This week in games: Forza 7 removes loot boxes, Forsaken remastered, and Nintendo sues ROM sites," 27 July 2018 Basketball Former Louisville players sue NCAA A group of former Louisville men’s basketball players filed a lawsuit against the NCAA over the organization’s vacation of the Cardinals’ 2013 national championship and 2012 Final Four. BostonGlobe.com, "Astros punish Ken Giles by sending him to Triple A," 12 July 2018 More Although the corn-syrup battle is a higher-profile spat than most, brands sue each other over advertising from time to time. Nat Ives, WSJ, "MillerCoors Sues Anheuser-Busch Over Bud Light’s Corn Syrup Ads," 22 Mar. 2019 On November 1, the restrictive policy in Pennsylvania was reversed after a coalition of local opponents sued. Danielle Corcione, Teen Vogue, "How the State, Prisons, and Guards Keep Books from Incarcerated People," 12 Dec. 2018 Less willing to rely solely on the opinions of experts—many of whom have stopped doing authentications, out of fear of being sued—collectors, dealers, and auction houses are increasingly turning to scientists. Stephen Wallis, Town & Country, "The Science of Uncovering Forged Paintings," 17 Sep. 2018 Now, Huawei has shifted to a war footing, suing the U.S. government as the company looks to defend its global business. Dan Strumpf, WSJ, "Telecom Giant’s Lawsuit Marks Shift to War Footing," 7 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of sue

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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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sue

verb

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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