Definition of pursuit in English:


Syllabification: pur·suit
Pronunciation: /pərˈso͞ot


1The action of following or pursuing someone or something: the cat crouched in the grass in pursuit of a bird those whose business is the pursuit of knowledge
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  • Wayne was in pursuit of a vehicle that had been reported stolen.
  • As such, helicopter borne sections will swoop down on suspect vehicles in pursuit of looters and the illegal oil trade.
  • The vehicle sped off in pursuit of the prisoner and quickly caught up with him.
striving toward, quest after/for, search for;
aim, goal, objective, dream
1.1A bicycle race in which competitors start from different parts of a track and attempt to overtake one another.
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  • The track pursuit specialist ultimately wants two more Olympic gold medals but has also been tipped to star in Tour de France time trials.
  • He is among the favourites to win a second gold in the track individual pursuit on Saturday.
  • There are still plenty of individual pursuits to be found in mountain bike racing.
1.2 Physiology The action of the eye in following a moving object.
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  • Unlike saccades, smooth pursuit cannot easily be initiated voluntarily without a moving target to follow.
  • Aging of the extra-ocular musculature results in changes in both smooth pursuit and saccadic eye movements.
2 [with modifier] (often pursuits) An activity of a specified kind, especially a recreational or athletic one: a whole range of leisure pursuits
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  • Kids went roller skating, played in the Jungle Tumble Land, had arts and crafts lessons and a host of other sporting and fun pursuits including football, tennis, badminton and basketball.
  • The officers use sport as a tool to engage young people in active recreation and leisure pursuits and facilities at the level to suit their needs.
  • This might be an opportune time to explore or return to hobbies, leisure activities or career pursuits.
activity, hobby, pastime, diversion, recreation, relaxation, divertissement, amusement;
occupation, trade, vocation, business, work, job, employment


late Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French purseute 'following after', from pursuer (see pursue). Early senses included 'persecution, annoyance' and in legal contexts 'petition, prosecution'.


give pursuit

(Of a person, animal, or vehicle) start to chase another.
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  • Calling in their firepower, the 1st Cavalry gave pursuit.
  • Officer-in-charge, Kerry, jumped ashore and gave pursuit while other units saturated area with fire and beached placing assault parties ashore.
  • A cab passenger was held hostage and taken on an hour-long terror ride when a gang stole the car - then fired a gun at another cab which gave pursuit.

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