sue

verb
\ˈsü \
sued; suing

Definition of sue 

(Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 obsolete : to make petition to or for

2 archaic : to pay court or suit to : woo

3a : 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

Sue

biographical name
\ˈsü, 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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Ruby Anaya, 33, is suing the company and its co-founder, Miguel McKelvey, as was first reported by NBC. Shirin Ghaffary, Recode, "A former WeWork employee is suing the company over alleged sexual assaults fueled by ‘frat-boy culture’," 12 Oct. 2018 Now Ivey’s administration is suing the city of Birmingham to prevent them from covering a UDC monument that was put up near City Hall in 1905. Shaun Assael, Glamour, "The Secret Fight to Save Confederate Monuments," 16 Aug. 2018 Nuclear watchdog groups are suing the National Nuclear Security Administration, the nuclear weapons sub-agency of the DOE, for failing to assess the seismic risks in the latest design. Emily Strasser, Curbed, "A secret city opens up," 8 Aug. 2018 The players — Luke Hancock, Gorgui Dieng, Stephan Van Treese, Tim Henderson and Michael Marra — are suing the NCAA in an attempt to redeem reputations. Louisville Courier Journal, The Courier-Journal, "Papa John is out and ex-Cards are after the NCAA: What to know Thursday," 12 July 2018 There, Democrats are suing the state arguing that Republicans have long had the advantage of appearing first on the ballot. Jim Morrill, charlotteobserver, "How a small change in the law could have a big impact on NC's Supreme Court race," 6 July 2018 Oakley later sued Knicks owner James Dolan, Madison Square Garden and MSG Networks. Tom Schad, USA TODAY, "Former NBA All-Star Charles Oakley arrested in Las Vegas for allegedly cheating at casino," 12 July 2018 In 2016, The Community Press newspaper sued the city after requesting copies of confidential employee questionnaires. Jennie Key, Cincinnati.com, "City wins appeal in public records lawsuit," 12 July 2018 In 1997, two African-American farmers sued the U.S. Department of Agriculture, claiming they had been systemically discriminated against and wrongfully denied farm loans and assistance because of their race. Kristine Phillips, chicagotribune.com, "Black soybean farmers say they were deliberately sold defective seeds because of their race," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of sue

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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 \
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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