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 to sue 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 To their frustration, many white allies met them only halfway, fighting for civil rights — the rights to travel, to testify in court, and to sue and be sued — but hesitant to advocate for Black men's right to vote. Kate Masur, Star Tribune, "Lessons for today social movements, from the struggle that began before the Civil War," 9 Apr. 2021 In August, the commission voted unanimously to demote Morales to captain, prompting him to retire, sue and request a judicial review of the decision. Ricardo Torres, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee police chief candidate Malik Aziz selected for job in Maryland," 27 Mar. 2021 Ripple said it was informed by the commission on Monday that regulators soon plan to sue the company, Chief Executive Brad Garlinghouse and co-founder Chris Larsen in federal civil court. Paul Vigna, WSJ, "Ripple to Face SEC Suit Over XRP Cryptocurrency," 22 Dec. 2020 In a 167-page decision, U.S. District Judge James Browning wrote that plaintiffs likely can’t sue the governor and that the regulations ordered by the state are likely to be upheld. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, "Rent relief protest, concert fines, Women’s March: News from around our 50 states," 16 Oct. 2020 Congress could sue the FDA for failing to follow its own standards, and a judge could issue a temporary restraining order blocking release of a Covid-19 vaccine, Gostin said. NBC News, "Some states plan to vet Covid-19 vaccines themselves. Bad idea, experts say.," 7 Oct. 2020 Congress could sue the FDA for failing to follow its own standards, and a judge could issue a temporary restraining order blocking release of a COVID vaccine, Gostin said. Kaiser Health News, oregonlive, "Oregon among states to independently review COVID-19 vaccine from feds; experts raise red flags," 7 Oct. 2020 After Biden’s video was released on Wednesday, Wood announced his intention to sue and demanded a retraction. Stephanie Pagones, Fox News, "Kyle Rittenhouse to sue Biden, campaign for libel, attorney says," 30 Sep. 2020 Legislation to end qualified immunity would allow a person to sue a police officer and be awarded relief and damages if the officer deprived the person of his or her rights. Tyler Arnold, Washington Examiner, "Bills to end qualified immunity and no-knock raids advance in Virginia House," 28 Aug. 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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12 Apr 2021

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“Sue.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sue. Accessed 21 Apr. 2021.

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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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