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 The bill includes provisions such as a $100,000 daily fine for companies that deplatform political candidates and giving users the ability to sue the companies for violating individual protections. Michael Lee, Washington Examiner, "Ron DeSantis slams reporters double standard on censorship: 'You can whiz on my leg, but don’t tell me it’s raining'," 3 Feb. 2021 In 2015, Spencer co-sponsored a county effort to sue pharmaceutical companies manufacturers over the opioid epidemic. Washington Post, "As a doctor and lawmaker, he fought drug abuse. Then he tried to swap opioids for sex, police say.," 22 Oct. 2020 The Public Health Emergency Privacy Act introduced by Democrats argues Washington should not pre-empt stronger state laws and consumers should be able to sue companies for privacy violations. David Uberti, WSJ, "Coronavirus Privacy Bills Hit Roadblocks in Congress," 15 June 2020 So did the 2019 vote by Toledo residents to amend the city’s charter, giving the city and residents the right to sue businesses and governments on the lake’s behalf to fight pollution. Steven Litt, cleveland, "KSU architecture show turns Great Lakes into client for visionary projects," 7 Feb. 2021 The Clinton administration defended the suit primarily on the argument that the Chamber of Commerce had no right to sue the president himself, either under the Administrative Procedure Act or otherwise. Thomas Geoghegan, The New Republic, "An FDR-Size Executive Order for Biden," 18 Nov. 2020 Republicans in states like North Dakota and Florida are rolling out legislation that would allow users to sue social media sites if their speech is censored. al, "Big Tech bans Trump, others on social media: responsible stewardship or censorship?," 16 Jan. 2021 But Vladeck said the only way for the issue to end up in court is for the General Services Administration to refuse to treat President Trump as a former president, and for Mr. Trump to sue them in return. Rebecca Kaplan, CBS News, "Can Trump be tried for impeachment after leaving office? Would he keep his pension?," 14 Jan. 2021 Congress also enacted a law allowing American victims to sue Saudi Arabia for the 9/11 attacks. Washington Post, "Lawsuits by U.S. victims accuse top Qatar banks and charity of financing terrorism in Israel," 15 Dec. 2020

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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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24 Feb 2021

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“Sue.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sue. Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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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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