sue

verb \ ˈsü \
Updated on: 4 Dec 2017

Definition of sue

sued; suing
transitive verb
1 obsolete : to make petition to or for
2 archaic : to pay court or suit to : woo
3 a : 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

suer

noun

Examples of sue in a Sentence

  1. Some people sue over the most minor things.

  2. People injured in accidents caused by the defective tire have threatened to sue.

  3. They've threatened to sue the company.

  4. He is suing the doctor who performed the unnecessary surgery.

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Origin and Etymology of sue

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

Sue

biographical name \ ˈsü , ˈsᵫ \

Definition of Sue

Eugène 1804–1857 originally Marie-Joseph Sue French novelist


SUE Defined for English Language Learners

sue

verb

Definition of sue for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

sue

verb \ ˈsü \

Definition of sue for Students

sued; suing
: to seek justice or right by bringing legal action

Law Dictionary

sue

verb

legal Definition of sue

sued; suing
transitive verb
: to bring an action against : seek justice from by legal process
intransitive verb
: to bring an action in court

Origin and Etymology of sue

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


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