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 Most notably, Gabbard is suing former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for defamation in a $50 million lawsuit. Fox News, "Tulsi Gabbard slams DNC kowtow to Bloomberg as 'wrong,' calls for a 'straightforward' process," 9 Feb. 2020 Jillian’s father is suing Evenflo and others in Suffolk County Supreme Court in New York. Daniela Porat, ProPublica, "Evenflo, Maker of the “Big Kid” Booster Seat, Put Profits Over Child Safety," 6 Feb. 2020 In a strange twist in the Huawei saga, the Chinese telecom giant is suing Verizon, charging that the carrier violated 12 of its patents. Adam Lashinsky, Fortune, "After a strong decade, LinkedIn CEO gracefully departs," 6 Feb. 2020 Ambrose is currently suing Indianapolis over the city's threat to seize the former General Motors stamping plant site south of the Indianapolis Zoo. Alexandria Burris, Indianapolis Star, "Amazon planning new facility that will bring more than 800 new jobs to Central Indiana," 5 Feb. 2020 Former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page is suing the Democratic National Committee and the law firm that represented the committee and Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign for defamation. Caitlin Yilek, Washington Examiner, "Carter Page sues DNC and Clinton law firm over Trump dossier," 30 Jan. 2020 Now Belfort, who was memorably portrayed by Leonardo DiCaprio, is suing the film’s production company, Red Granite Pictures, and its co-founder Riza Aziz for $300 million. Christian Holub, EW.com, "The Wolf of Wall Street," 24 Jan. 2020 So, Saint John's Communities Inc., the nonprofit group which operates the east side facility, is suing the City of Milwaukee. Tom Daykin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Nonprofit Saint John's is suing Milwaukee over a big property tax bill on its new high-rise," 23 Jan. 2020 And what about judges visiting law schools such as Yale, which has an affiliated litigation shop that sued former Bush Administration officials? The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Judicial Political Mischief," 22 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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Last Updated

12 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Sue.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sue. Accessed 20 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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