verb (sues, suing, sued)
- 1 [with object] Institute legal proceedings against (a person or institution), typically for redress: she is to sue the baby’s father [no object]: I sued for breach of contractMore example sentences
take legal action against, take to court, bring an action/suit against, proceed against, prefer/bring charges against
- People have lost their jobs over derogatory remarks made in blogs, but can you be sued for libel or defamation?
- This made it financially worthwhile to sue officers for torts they might have committed.
- At the time, a wife was unable to sue her husband in tort, so the action was brought by the children.
- 2 [no object] • formal Appeal formally to a person for something: the rebels were forced to sue for peaceMore example sentences
- It has to stop, and this is as good a time as any to sue for peace.
- Whoever follows Fred into the hot seat would have no alternative but to sue for peace.
- She must now advise her boss that, after eight years of war with Labour rebels, it is time to sue for peace.
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- If you are the suer then you can resign yourself to being looked upon as the ‘Bad Guy’, out to harm the company the Jobs built.
- I think the suers have threatened to appeal all the way to the Supreme Court.
- Some people say he is an opportunist and serial suer -- he has gone after Disney and Reuters.
Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French suer, based on Latin sequi 'follow'. Early senses were very similar to those of the verb follow.