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

In another sign that big business is under antitrust scrutiny, on the same day a group of states sued to block a $26bn merger between Sprint and T-Mobile, two big mobile operators. The Economist, "Trust-buster talk tough in America," 15 June 2019 He has been placed on leave multiple times and sued the city multiple times during his tenure with the department. Zak Koeske, Daily Southtown, "Son of Harvey cop shot security guards, patron before being killed, sheriff's investigation finds," 14 June 2019 Then Baytown turned the tables and sued to get the decision overturned. CBS News, "Preview: Firefighters battling higher-than-normal cancer rates," 14 June 2019 Green Meadow first attracted attention this year after parents there successfully sued to overturn a county measure that had barred unvaccinated children from schools. New York Times, "Bastion of Anti-Vaccine Fervor: Progressive Waldorf Schools," 13 June 2019 Both shared their stories on social media and in news outlets to raise awareness, and one of the moms, from Kentucky, is now suing her child’s school district. Julie Mazziotta, PEOPLE.com, "Here’s Where You Can — and Can’t — Legally Breastfeed in the U.S.," 13 June 2019 Under the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the EEOC will investigate a charge of discrimination that could make a determination that discrimination took place – which would lead to mediation – or the federal agency could sue the employer. A.j. Perez, USA TODAY, "Complaint: Fired Texans GM Brian Gaine 'targeted' African American employees in series of firings," 13 June 2019 Jezebel added that Kennedy was recently listed as an attorney for a group of anonymous Brooklyn parents who sued over a mandatory vaccination order, meant to combat a serious measles outbreak there. Martha Ross, The Mercury News, "Jessica Biel defends lobbying in Sacramento against vaccination legislation; critics say she ‘wants to bring measles back’," 13 June 2019 The San Diego Superior Court judge’s decision comes after a nearly four-year-long court battle led by the Grossmont district, which sued the schools’ operator, Diego Plus Education Corporation, and the Julian school district in October 2015. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Three Learn4Life charter school sites will be shut down on judge’s order," 12 June 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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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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