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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According to court documents, Stephenson was previously sued in 2016 for similar inappropriate actions and fired from Massage Envy J-Town as a result. Ben Tobin, The Courier-Journal, "2 sue Omni Louisville claiming ex-employee inappropriately touched them during massages," 23 Aug. 2019 Before joining the Trump administration, Bernhardt was a partner in Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, a top-grossing law and lobbying firm that sued Interior four times on behalf of Westlands. Los Angeles Times, "A report shows Trump’s water plan would hurt California salmon. The government hid it," 21 Aug. 2019 The three groups that sued in the spring argue that the regulations interfere with their institutions’ autonomy. Josefin Dolsten, sun-sentinel.com, "New York Orthodox schools are fighting secular education proposal," 13 Aug. 2019 Mueller denied the allegation, sued Swift for $3 million, and his case was thrown out. Abby Aguirre, Vogue, "Taylor Swift on Sexism, Scrutiny, and Standing Up for Herself," 8 Aug. 2019 Another organization that is suing its insurers is the Rockefeller University in New York City. Ed Leefeldt, CBS News, "New laws open door to decades-old child sex abuse cases," 6 Aug. 2019 Trump sued and sold the organization after buying NBC out; the case was settled out of court in 2016. Adrienne Samuels Gibbs, Marie Claire, "All Three Major Pageant Titles Belong to Black Women for the First Time in History," 5 Aug. 2019 The California Renters Legal Advocacy and Education Fund, a San Francisco organization that sues cities that reject eligible housing projects, sent its own letter to San Bruno last week threatening legal action. Alexei Koseff, SFChronicle.com, "Huge rejected housing project may be revived due to pressure from state officials," 2 Aug. 2019 If the head of the public body denies the request, the requester can sue and ask a judge to order the public body to turn over the records. Detroit Free Press, "How to use the Michigan Freedom of Information Act," 1 Aug. 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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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 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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