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

Members of the extreme right have repeatedly threatened to sue universities over denied requests to speak in recent years and have secured numerous speaking engagements on college campuses. Elizabeth King, Teen Vogue, "These States Are Pushing Laws to Restrict Protests on College Campuses," 12 Sep. 2019 When the company threatened to sue, Luthmann reconsidered and decided to send it back, the indictment says. Max De Haldevang, Quartz, "Fraudsters made a local panhandler president of a shell company to hide their scheme," 12 Sep. 2019 Somehow, 5 acres of a Broward County park were auctioned off last year without officials knowing, and now the winning bidder has threatened to sue if park visitors keep trespassing on its property. Larry Barszewski, sun-sentinel.com, "A private company now owns part of a county park. How could that happen?," 19 Aug. 2019 He has also sued to block a New York state law, passed this year, that authorized state officials to provide his state tax returns in response to certain congressional inquiries. BostonGlobe.com, "Both Trump and his company reimbursed Michael D. Cohen, the president’s former lawyer and fixer, for money Cohen paid to buy the silence of Stormy Daniels, a pornographic film actress who said she had an affair with Trump. The president has denied the affair.," 17 Sep. 2019 Hood, a Democrat running for governor, threatened to sue the Army Corps in June to extract damages and reparations, according to local news reports. Thomas Frank, Scientific American, "Floodwaters Diverted from New Orleans Killed Off Marine Life," 17 Sep. 2019 He has also sued to block a New York State law, passed this year, that authorized state officials to provide his state tax returns in response to certain congressional inquiries. New York Times, "8 Years of Trump Tax Returns Are Subpoenaed by Manhattan D.A.," 16 Sep. 2019 Butowsky has also sued The New York Times, Vox Media, and NPR. Oliver Darcy, CNN, "Appeals court revives Seth Rich family's lawsuit against Fox News," 13 Sep. 2019 The liberal-leaning watchdog group, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, has also sued Trump in the Southern District of New York, and is awaiting appeal after their case was also dismissed over a lack of standing. Luke Johnson, Fortune, "Investigations into Trump’s Businesses Spark Emoluments Questions," 11 Sep. 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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