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 Additionally, Michaels has been sued four times over endorsing supplements that allegedly contained dangerous ingredients. Rachel Yang, EW.com, "Jillian Michaels defends criticizing Lizzo's weight, says people should prioritize their health," 9 Jan. 2020 Sandmann has also sued NBC and the Washington Post. Cameron Knight, USA TODAY, "CNN confirms a settlement has been reached with Covington Catholic student Nick Sandmann," 7 Jan. 2020 Sandmann has also sued NBC and the Washington Post. Cameron Knight, Cincinnati.com, "CNN confirms a settlement has been reached with Nick Sandmann," 7 Jan. 2020 The Southwest Airline Pilots Association has already sued Boeing, and that case is being debated in federal court. Dallas News, "American Airlines will give $30 million from Boeing 737 Max settlement to workers," 6 Jan. 2020 Bobbi Smith had originally sued for $1.35 million after breaking a leg, an ankle, a pelvic bone, a hand and some ribs. oregonlive, "Remarkable lawsuits of 2019: Whatever happened to those lawsuits that made headlines?," 4 Jan. 2020 Some of the companies that covered me have been sued, leaving a trail of cancer survivors victimized again by their junk plans. Laura Packard, The Denver Post, "Guest Commentary: Obamacare saved my life, now it’s on the brink of destruction," 23 Dec. 2019 Three resettlement groups have sued to block Trump’s order. BostonGlobe.com, "LINCOLN, Neb. — An executive order by President Trump giving states the right to refuse to take refugees is putting Republican governors in an uncomfortable position.," 23 Dec. 2019 Three resettlement groups have sued to block Trump's order. Arkansas Online, "GOP governors grapple with whether to accept refugees or not," 22 Dec. 2019

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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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Last Updated

15 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Sue.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sue. Accessed 17 January 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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