sue

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verb \ˈsü\

Definition of sue

sued

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suing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 obsolete :  to make petition to or for

  3. 2 archaic :  to pay court or suit to :  woo

  4. 3a :  to seek justice or right from (a person) by legal process; specifically :  to bring an action againstb :  to proceed with and follow up (a legal action) to proper termination

  5. intransitive verb
  6. 1 :  to make a request or application :  plead —usually used with for or to sue for peace

  7. 2 :  to pay court :  woo he loved … but sued in vain — William Wordsworth

  8. 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.

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


First Known Use: 14th century


Sue

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biographical name \ˈsü, ˈsue\

Definition of Sue

  1. Eugène 1804–1857 originally Marie-Joseph Sue French novelist



SUE Defined for English Language Learners

sue

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verb \ˈsü\

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

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verb \ˈsü\

Definition of sue for Students

sued

;

suing

  1. :  to seek justice or right by bringing legal action


Law Dictionary

sue

verb

Legal Definition of sue

sued

suing

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to bring an action against :  seek justice from by legal process
  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  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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