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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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

On July 2, 2018, Conley sued Puscian for malicious prosecution and for frivolous conduct in filing a civil claim. Michael Mccann, SI.com, "Could Gareon Conley Legally Prove That Rape Allegation Caused Draft Slide, Financial Harm?," 12 July 2018 The American Civil Liberties Union of Wisconsin sued the department last year on behalf of a half-dozen people who claimed they were stopped once or multiple times since 2010. Ivan Moreno, chicagotribune.com, "Milwaukee to pay $3.4 million over police stop-and-frisk policy," 11 July 2018 Shera Bechard, who was Playmate of the Month in November 2010, sued Republican fundraiser Elliott Broidy of Beverly Hills on Friday and convinced a judge to keep the complaint under seal for 20 days. Michael Finnegan, latimes.com, "Judge refuses to unseal ex-Playboy model’s suit against Trump fundraiser," 10 July 2018 The American Civil Liberties Union of Wisconsin sued the department last year on behalf of a half-dozen people who claimed they were stopped once or multiple times since 2010. NBC News, "Milwaukee to pay $3.4 million to settle 'stop-and-frisk' lawsuit," 10 July 2018 Foreign Edition Podcast Some co-ops have sued on grounds that the funding formula is unfair to small insurers. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "The Health Insurers Squawk," 10 July 2018 The American Civil Liberties Union of Wisconsin sued the department last year on behalf of a half-dozen people who claimed they were stopped once or multiple times since 2010. Ivan Moreno, The Seattle Times, "Milwaukee to pay $3.4 mln over police stop-and-frisk policy," 10 July 2018 In December, the MDC filed a claim with the claims commissioner seeking permission to sue the DEEP. Mikaela Porter, courant.com, "MDC To DEEP: Come Up With Clean-Up Plan, $5.8 Million By Sept. 1 For Hartford Landfill Groundwater," 10 July 2018 By settling, the company concludes a lawsuit filed by a whistleblower under the False Claims Act, which allows private citizens to sue on behalf of the government for false claims. Jeff Weiner, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Florida urogynecology network pays $1.7 million to settle allegation of false claims," 2 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

Verb

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

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The first known use of sue was in the 14th century

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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

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