verb (pursues, pursuing, pursued)[with object]
- 1Follow or chase (someone or something): the officer pursued the van • figurative a heavily indebted businessman was being pursued by creditorsMore example sentences
- The most celebrated story of all, however, was one well-attested case of a monkey hotly pursuing an elderly policeman named Sub Inspector Bhola Ram.
- Police officers pursuing the car stopped to help their victim, but despite the fact that he was no longer being pursued, the Peugeot driver went on to hit a second student.
- He was arrested in the Roxy area by other police officers who pursued the bus on motorcycles.
- 1.1Persistently seek to form a sexual relationship with (someone): Sophie was being pursued by a number of menMore example sentences
- A stalker who tried to pursue a Lady Chatterley-style relationship with an Earl's daughter has been given a suspended jail sentence for flouting a court order to leave her alone.
- Keaton looks fantastic, to the extent that when Keanu Reeves's charming doctor persistently pursues her, we're not in the least surprised.
- He has become an itinerant preacher, but his temporary religious conversion does not prevent him from persistently pursuing her.
- 1.2Seek to attain or accomplish (a goal) over a long period: should people pursue their own happiness at the expense of others?More example sentences
- But we must pursue and accomplish our goals of building Inuktitut resources and curriculum.
- Instead, by letting themselves always yet never fully imitated by the cyborg, the human now pursues a more ambitious goal of taking the place of ‘Being.’
- Last spring, Alexis O'Hara brought her third year of organizing the Montreal Slam to a halt in order to pursue her own artistic goals.
- 2Continue or proceed along (a path or route): the road pursued a straight course over the scrublandMore example sentences
- We will continue to pursue the diplomatic path.
- This suggests that diasporic Chinese communities can and may continue to pursue this multiple-identity path as their forebears.
- Brown insists his doubters are wrong, and that he will pursue the path of continued reform.
- 2.1Engage in (an activity or course of action): Andrew was determined to pursue a computer career the council decided not to pursue an appealMore example sentences
- It was, of course, a mistake for him to pursue the Labour leadership.
- At the present time the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation is a federal executive authority, which pursues State policy and engages in State administration in matters of defense.
- It's one thing to examine the options, it is another to pursue a determined course of action to achieve a concrete result.
- 2.2Continue to investigate or explore (an idea or argument): we shall not pursue the matter any furtherMore example sentences
conduct, undertake, follow, carry on, devote oneself to, go on with, proceed with, go ahead with, keep/carry on with, continue with, continue, take further, prosecute, persist in, stick with/atinvestigate, research, enquire into, look into, examine, study, review, check, scrutinize, analyse, delve into, dig into, probe
- Researchers around the world continue to pursue the idea, however.
- Birkeland continued to pursue his ideas, but over time the quality of his work declined.
- That's why it's so critically important that we continue to pursue the war against terrorism from a global standpoint.
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- We can say that the US attacks, backed by a global coalition, had practical, pursuable goals.
- Plagiarism is an academic offence that can ruin a journalist's career, and it is pursuable by law.
- Michael persists nonetheless in making a complete boob of himself in pursuit of the admittedly very pursuable policewoman.
Middle English (originally in the sense 'follow with enmity'): from Anglo-Norman French pursuer, from an alteration of Latin prosequi 'prosecute'.